Sunday, 11 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Greetings blogosphere, Happy Mother's Day everyone! I hope you're all having an awesome day so far, and that everyone's being relatively nice to their mothers (it is their day after all). Not yet sure how to celebrate it? Well you've come to the right place. What better way to spend the day that glorifies mothers than reading all about some of the coolest TV mums of all time? I know, there's no need to thank me, I know I'm awesome. And where did I get this wonderful idea? From my very own mother. Without further introduction, here's my list . . .

Marge Simpson - 'The Simpsons'

There's no doubt about it, Marge is certainly one cool mum. Once you get past the awful, annoyingly grating voice, her greatness becomes pretty evident. Let's take a look at why, shall we? For one, she's ridiculously patient. If I had to deal with a lazy, stupid and unhelpful husband, not to mention a bunch of tiresome children, I would most certainly not maintain my composure (in fact quite the opposite really). Purely for that, she deserves a mother of the year award. But that's not all, the awesomeness doesn't end there. Marge is probably also one of the most forgiving people ever. Considering that in the 550 episodes that have aired, Bart has been seen in detention during the title sequence for different reasons in every single one of them, she is definitely one of the most forgiving people on the planet. Not to mention, in the 20 years the show has been on, she literally hasn't aged a day, now that's a talent. 

Temperance Brennan - 'Bones'

I have to admit, she isn't the most obvious pick. However, you've got to hand it to her, recently, Temperance has been a pretty kick-ass mother. For someone who originally firmly stated they didn't want to have kids, she sure did have a change of heart. Now, she's softened completely, and has become all super protective and caring, which is nice to see. Plus, when Temperance went back to work, we got to see her struggle with balancing motherhood and a career. I know right, how weird? Television actually almost being like reality, since when does that happen? It's a rarity, but that is just one of the many reasons Temperance has made it on the list. Also, just imagine the awesome forensic anthropology stories little Christine will be able to tell, she'll probably be one of those creepy super geniuses in no time (not that I'm jealous or anything). 

Carol Brady - 'The Brady Bunch'

There's no doubting this one, Carol Brady is certainly a legendary mother. I mean, she's a lovely lady who brought up three very lovely girls, what more could you ask for? Plus, when she married a man named Brady, there were no complaints from her about having to be a mother to 3 extra kids, oh no, she took it in her stride (perhaps that was because their maid Alice pretty much did everything for her, but whatever). The Brady household got pretty hectic sometimes, balls being thrown inside and school projects going awry, but did Carol ever give up? No, she most certainly did not. She was always there for moral support with a mood-brightening nugget of wisdom. Being the head of a hectic, often angsty household is no walk in the park, and Carol managed to do so with an effervescent demeanour. Plus, she impressively managed to get through 5 seasons of the show with sturdy, unfaltering hair. 

Claire Dunphy - 'Modern Family'

Although often strung out and stressed to the max, Claire really is the ultimate mum on-the-go. I mean sure, she's just a tad overbearing and a major perfectionist, but aren't all mothers? That's really what makes her realistic, the fact that she actually is effected by the craziness of her family. I have to say, those Dunphy kids are quite a handful. You've got Haley who's always off gallivanting, Alex who kind of not-so-secretly looks down on everyone in the family, and Luke, well, he's just Luke. Plus, most of the time she has to parent Phil as well, no wonder she's always ridiculously on edge! But you know, deep down she loves them and cares for them and all that other motherly stuff, but what really sets her apart is the fact that she's completely relatable. Frazzled, exhausted - that pretty much sums up how most mothers feel on a daily basis. 

Lynette Scavo - 'Desperate Housewives'

In the hectic street that is Wisteria Lane, you'd think there'd be no decent parenting in sight. However, Lynette Scavo seems to be the exception to the rule. When you think about it, she's had to raise 6 children over the years, plus deal with a whole bunch of other drama that it's pretty safe to say most mothers don't. Often, your son's best friend won't turn out to be a mass murderer, but did that happen to Lynette? Yes, it most certainly did. Plus, you have to admit, she is probably the most down to Earth, relatable mother on the lane. I mean you've got Gabby, the former fashion model, Susan, the clumsy frazzled mother of 2 and Bree, who's constantly demanding and icy. Sure, Lynette may not be your favourite housewife (my favourite's Gabby, and I'm sticking by that), but there's no doubting that she's the most realistic.

Joyce Summers - 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

The last mother on my list is Joyce, a truly awesome mother in my opinion. I can imagine that being the mother to a vampire slayer wouldn't be an easy task, yet she handles it admirably. Back in the earlier seasons, she was just awesome for being the naive mum with good intentions, yet as she learnt the truth about Buffy, she began to gradually increase in her level of awesomeness. Sure, at first she was a bit dubious, I mean who would want their kid to be out staking vampires at night? But she became supportive and accepting, and that is why she's on my list. Joyce was actually adored by millions of viewers, I mean come on, a vampire and a demon were among the many who mourned her death after 'The Body' (the episode which fans are still horrified by to this day). That's quite an achievement!

So that officially marks the end of my 2014 Mother's Day post! I hope everyone's had an awesome day so far, and that this list only added to that (because let's face it, television is awesome). Now go be nice to your mother! Til' next time . . .

Annabel xx