Mother’s Day Freebie: Favourite Moms in Literature
I love my mom. I can’t express the profound love and admiration I have for her. She’s simply an amazing and wonderful human being, who I was blessed to have as a mother and an important role model in my life. So why not do a theme based on favourite moms in literature? I want a post that is just as happy and optimistic as my thoughts on my mom are to represent this Mother’s Day Freebie!
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Ten. The Mother in Love You Forever by Robert Munsch: If you’ve never read this book, you need to add it to your TBR list. This classic Robert Munsch novel shows the profound bond between a mother and her child, one that continues throughout the different age cycles of her life and her sons. The ending hits you the most as you see her son continues this tender love with his own child. Munsch wrote the song and story after he and his wife had two stillborn babies, making this an even sadder but loving tale of parenthood and family.
Nine. Elizabeth in The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: Elizabeth is no perfect mom, but she’s has the most patience I’ve ever seen in a person. When she first adopts Victoria, Elizabeth shows an immense amount of endurance and acceptance towards Victoria’s outbursts and tantrums. Eventually, Victoria begins to open up and really have a strong connection with Elizabeth. Though the relation has it’s ups and downs, Diffenbaugh presents a very real and intense depiction of the strength mother’s can have – even mother’s and daughter’s bonded not by blood, but by love.
Eight. Kanga in the Winnie-the-Pooh series by A.A. Milne: Though Kanga is not the central character of Milne’s famous book series, her love and tenderness are not to be dismissed. She shows a great deal of kindness and understanding towards Roo and all the creatures of the Hundred Acre Woods, being a mother figure to all. She’s wise and witty, providing some comic relief throughout the series.
Seven. Raksha in The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling: Raksha is an amazing mother figure, who I believe is dismissed too much in literature. A wolf who takes in a human as her own cub and protects them all from the wrath of Shere Khan, Raksha is not a mother to mess with. Even though she isn’t as apparent in the stories, she provides a great deal of wisdom and insight for Mowgli, providing him important life lessons yet allowing him to solve things on his own.
Six. Lily Potter in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: Yes, I know – she’s barely in the series. She dies before the story even begins. But who can deny the immense love Lily has for her son? Her love is what protected him from the Killing Curse, making Harry Potter the only person to live from such a fate! Though Lily may not physically be present in the Harry Potter series, there’s no dismissing the love she had for her son during their short time together.
Five. Fatine in Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: Who can argue this one?! Fatine literally sacrificed everything for Cosette – her hair, her teeth, her body. When she finally realizes she can’t take care of Cosette anymore, she does her best to give Cosette a better life, even if though this means Fatine won’t be in it. Her love and bravery when it comes to protecting her child is absolutely beautiful, bringing tears to most eyes.
Four. Marilla Cuthbert in the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery: Though Marilla can be tough as nails and a little harsh, her love goes beyond compare when it comes to Anne. Though she wanted to adopt a boy, she still found it in her to care for Anne as her own child. Marilla is always teaching Anne many things and providing her with as much insight as possible on life. She may not show her love as much as Matthew, but she feels it just as much towards Anne.
Three. Caroline in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards: Caroline is such an amazing woman, anyone would be happy to call her their mom. Even though she was supposed to give Phoebe up for adoption since the father/doctor didn’t want to keep the child, she couldn’t bear to leave her. Caroline had no obligation to take care of Phoebe, yet provides her with love and kindness. Even though Phoebe has down syndrome, Caroline fights so that Phoebe is treated equally in a time when people with her condition were looked down upon. I absolutely adore Caroline – she is a foster mom who really isn’t given enough credit in literature.
Two. Jennifer Honey in Matilda by Roald Dahl: Oh how I love Miss Honey! This woman doesn’t have a mean bone in her body! Miss Honey is a teacher that other teachers should look up to for guidance, for she sees the beauty and goodness in all her students. Her connection with Matilda is wonderful, guiding Matilda on her journey throughout the novel. Though they aren’t related by blood, Miss Honey and Matilda are more family than they are with their blood relatives. Her love and compassion are truly remarkable, as she always tries her best to make Matilda happy and enjoy life.
One. Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: This woman…this woman is the most bad*** and epic mother is literature! Not only is she a loving mother to 6 children of her own, but she acts like a mother figure to so many others, including the one and only Harry Potter. She treats Harry as her own, giving him something to compare a mother to. She may be scary at times, but that’s because her love is so grand that she wants to always protect her children. She is the mother hen of her flock, providing that tender love to all those around her and giving guidance when needed. I absolutely adore Molly Weasley, hence deliberately placing her as my number one choice!
Who are your favourite literary mothers?!