To mark the Mother’s Day, we decided to remember the most spectacular mothers – real and fictional – of all times.
Moominmamma from Tove Jansson’s “The Moomins”
“‘We’ve found a crate of whiskey,’ Moomintroll told her.
‘Splendid!’ said Moominmamma. ‘Then we must go for a picnic!‘”
“‘Quite, quite,’ she thought with a little sigh. ‘It’s always like this in their adventures. To save and be saved. I wish somebody would write a story sometime about the people who warm up the heroes afterward.’”
“One makes a trip by day, but by night one sets out on a journey.”
Moominmamma is a calm and equable mother who makes sure that the Moominhouse is always warm and safe and that everyone who steps inside, is welcomed and fed. It is really hard to distress her, she remains balanced even when a comet arrives, or when their house gets washed away by a flood. She allows anything to her child and his friends, the only important thing that they enjoy their lives and stay warm and healthy. She has a handbag with essentials that might be necessary in a spontaneous journey that her family frequently gets engaged into.
Catelyn Stark from George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”
“Your father didn’t love me when we married. He hardly knew me or I him. Love didn’t just happen to us. We built it slowly over the years, stone by stone, for you, for your brothers and sisters, for all of us.”
“My son may be a king, but I am no queen … only a mother who would keep her children safe, however she could.”
“On my honour as a Tully. On my honour as a Stark. Let him go, or I will CUT your wife’s throat!“
Catelyn strongly follows the word’s of her family’s house “Family. Duty. Honor.”, in that order. Which means that family for her is always a priority: first of all, she is a mother, nurturer, protector, advocate and avenger. She is proud of her children, never questions their decisions, always supports their choices. She fights fiercely for her them, resembling a ruthless she-wolf, ready to tear to pieces everyone on her way if her cups are in danger.
Wendy Darling from J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”
“Boys, please. I’ll tell you what a mother is. A mother, a real mother is the most wonderful person in the world. She’s the angel voice that bids you good night kisses your cheek, whispers ‘Sleep tight.'”
Squaw: Squaw get ’em firewood!
Wendy: Squaw no get ’em firewood! Squaw go home!
Although Wendy is only 12, and she is not a mother in the traditional meaning of this word, she becomes a “mother” to her brothers and all the Lost Boys in the Neverland, when they can’t remember their own. She shares a disdain for growing up, however, eventually she embraces the role of a mother – taking care of the domestic duties, comforting and protecting the Lost Boys.
Mrs. March from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”
“It is a very great loss and you have every right to be put out. But don’t let the sun go down on your anger.“
“Oh, Jo. Jo, you have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life? You’re ready to go out and – and find a good use for your talent.”
“I won’t have my girls being silly about boys. To bed!”
Margaret March, known by her daughters as “Marmee”, is essentially a perfect mother. With patience and grace, she raises her four daughters while her husband is off fighting in the Civil War. Gentle and patient, she never loses her temper, always has time to comfort her children, finding a personal approach to each of her daughters, protecting them but still giving them freedom to make their own mistakes.
“The center of my life is my kids, I woke up at 3 in the morning with four kids with jet lag and two babies. I put myself together for a few hours and go out. And then I go home. This is my job”
“We want to make sure we don’t build a family so big that we don’t have absolutely enough time to raise them each really well.“
“When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. And that’s why I’m in a rare position where I don’t have to do job after job. I can take time when my family needs it.”
Angelina Jolie, one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses, a special envoy for the United Nations, is also a heroic mother, a role model for many mothers all over the world. She has three biological children and three kids, adopted from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. Being a celebrity mom is tough, but Jolie always finds time to spend with her children, no matter how busy her schedule is.
Lady Bracknell from Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”
“Pardon me, you are not engaged to anyone. When you do become engaged to someone, I or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact.“
“To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
“You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter – a girl brought up with the utmost care – to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel?”
Arrogant, snobbish and stubborn, Lady Bracknell is far from being a perfect mother. She married well and wants the same for her daughter Gwendolen, regardless of her child’s dreams and aspirations. She doesn’t let her daughter marry a person she fancies, just because of his social status. Although she seems ignorant and too domineering throughout the whole play, in the end everything works out for the better. After all, she wants the best for her daughter, like every mother.
Oh Goddess, Source of Gods and Mortals,
All-Fertile, All-Destroying Gaia,
Mother of All, who brings forth the bounteous fruits and flowers,
All variety, Maiden who anchors the eternal world in our own,
Immortal, Blessed, crowned with every grace,
Deep bosomed Earth, sweet plains and fields fragrant grasses in the nurturing rains,
Around you fly the beauteous stars, eternal and divine,
Come, Blessed Goddess, and hear the prayers of Your children,
And make the increase of the fruits and grains your constant care, with the fertile seasons Your handmaidens,
Draw near, and bless your supplicants.
~Orphic Hymn to Gaia~
Gaia (or Gaea), in the Greek mythology, is the Mother Earth: the one who gave birth to everything that exists in the world. A beautiful and voluptuous woman, she is the Universe itself, responsible for all the things we love on this planet. She is also associated with marriage, motherhood and pregnancy.
And of course, your mother is also on the list. The most caring creature, who gave you your life, who taught you how to handle it. Thanks to all the moms around the world, you are amazing!