In honor of Mother’s Day today, I thought I’d share a list of my most memorable fictional moms.
Without Mrs. March, I don’t think there would be a novel. As much as the book is about the daughters of the March family, there’s no doubt that the heart of the family is Mrs. March.
I think Mrs. Weasley really shines in the first and last Harry Potter books. In the first one we’re introduced to her and her family. She doesn’t make Harry feel weird or like an outsider when she tells him how to get to platform 9 3/4. She makes him a knitted sweater every year for Christmas, just like Harry was one of her own. My favorite Mrs. Weasley moment though, has to be in the last book, when she goes after Belletrix Lestrange.
Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
Although Anne doesn’t have a mom until she gets to Green Gables, and even then Marilla tries not to fall under Anne’s spell, Marilla couldn’t help but love her. And I think it happened the moment she set eyes on Anne, even though she complained that Anne wasn’t a boy.
Ma from Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
It’s amazing to think what it would have been like to move your family in the late 1800’s and build a new life away from friends and family. Leave it up to Ma to make sure everyone gets there safe and sound (including Jack, despite a close call).
Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Although I remember her for less than “motherly” reasons, you can’t deny that Mrs. Bennet, Elizabeth’s mom is definitely memorable.
Although this next mom isn’t from a book, I can’t help but add her to this list.
Lois from Malcolm in the Middle
It’s amazing to think that one woman could hold together a family as crazy as the one in Malcolm in the Middle. I would seriously last about 5 minutes. As overbearing and controlling as she is, can you really blame her when she has 5 sons that get in as much trouble as Francis, Reese, Malcolm, Dewey, and Jamie?