When I did the post on my Favorite Sibling Stories months ago, it occurred to me that I should at some point tackle literary parents. The thought was rather daunting though as in Middle Grade and Young Adult novels, particularly the fantasy ones I mostly read, they are largely absent. My own wonderful Mom has a birthday coming up next week and as I was thinking about all that there is to celebrate about her and how great a mother she is, I was reminded of this again. For me personally moms in books don't impress me as much because they come nowhere close to being as great as the one I have. (It is the same for dads, I was well and truly blessed with both my parents, but I will tackle the dads in the next favorite things post.) There are some that do stand out and pop into my mind right away as I sat down to think about it.
She is in no way a perfect mother, but no mother is. (Being a mother drives this point home remarkably well.) This is part of why I like Molly so much. She is very real. Stressed, scattered, often short tempered, but she wants what is best for her children and shows clearly that she loves them. And she did a tremendously good job raising them. She had seven kids and in the end every single one of them chooses to stand up and do what is right even when in it means risking everything.
Another mother who had to deal with massive amounts of stress while raising not exactly the easiest kids in the world. And she had to do it for some time without the help of her husband and the added burden of wondering what had happened to him. Even though she is not present for much of her children's stories, her impact is very much there. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time so it is a great time to reread it and rediscover how great a job she did raising such intrepid heroes.
The Dowager Duchess of Denver
Peter is all well and good as a literary crush. He is certainly one of mine.But can you imagine being the woman who had to raise him? Not to mention his obnoxious older brother and flighty sister. If she were real, the woman would deserve a medal. And she managed to keep her sense of humor about her at the same time. Her husband wasn't exactly helpful either. Yes, she was a Duchess so had nannies and the like to help her but it is clear from the books that she very much loves her children and was interested in their lives. Particularly Peter's as his is the focus of the books, but they show she loves and is interested in her other children as well. Some of my favorite parts of the Lord Peter series are the parts she is in and I absolutely adore all her journal entries included at the beginning of Gaudy Night.
And really that's all I've got. This is a sad short little list. Some others come to mind as good examples, but they never had much of an impact on me personally so I can't include them in a list of favorites. What about you, are there any you would add?