I mean, I get it. I really do. It’s a story of female exceptionalism and we all need to feel exceptional when faced with the power of the patriarchy.
I cannot watch another episode of this goddamned show right now.
Bambi, Dumbo, Little House on the Prairie, Fullmetal Alchemist…
I am tired of dead mothers.
Can’t we just have a movie or mini-series or TV show where the kid has such an incredible mother that they go on to be even more incredible?
Seriously. I get it. My mother died when I was still a teenager, but does excellence require a dead mother? There is no mother that has ever loved their children as much as I love mine. I grew up in a weird, messed up, drug-addled home. I fought and clawed so that my kids would have a better life. I get it.
A dead mother leaves an indelible mark.
But, also, so many moms are struggling right now. We’re trying to be working moms and stay-at-home-moms. And we’re still here. Every day we are a source of love. Spending so much of our day doing dishes and laundry and home schooling….
Moms aren’t better when they’re gone. They’re better when they’re here.
We could use a show where the mom is so incredible, and so loving, that her kids grow up to just be healthy, well-adjusted, happy members of society.