On Mother’s Day, one would normally expect to see inspiring tributes to patient, selfless mums.
But when I started scanning my telly memory for heartwarming mother-child moments, I’m afraid I came up a bit short. What I kept finding instead were mothers and their grown children at odds. From colicky babies to toddler tantrums to teenage rebellion, mothers love their sons and daughters dearly, even when they aren’t very likable. And in turn, children do exactly as they are supposed to – they grow up and apart which makes us proud and terribly sad simultaneously.
I’ll be honest. Being a mother has been the most wonderful thing I’ve ever been a part of despite being comprised of some of the most painful, frustrating moments of my life. So on this Mother’s Day, look at this list and feel better about your relationship with your own children. That’s what we all really want anyway, a little reassurance that we haven’t screwed it all up.
Penny – A posh snob with little patience for Miranda’s choices, deep down Penny wants the best for her…and in her estimation the “best” is a proper job and any man who will marry her awkward daughter.
Agnes Brown – Loud, foul-mouthed mother of five, Mrs. Brown loves her large brood, but her well-meaning ways often get her into trouble. If she weren’t so nosy, maybe there wouldn’t be misunderstandings like this one.
Petula Gordino – After dropping her off at an orphanage as a child and “forgetting the address”, Bren’s mother is back in her life. Just as well she wasn’t around when Bren was young. Petula lives in a fantasy world wherein she hobnobs with celebrities and gets engaged to 16 year old boys among other things. Skip ahead to 3:35 if you want to get right to Petula’s antics.
Tanya – Simon’s mum likes having a famous son. Now that’s he’s left his successful presenting gig , practical Tanya isn’t very understanding about his quest to heal and find himself.
Eddie – Immature, emotional and excessive in all areas of her life, Eddie and her sensible daughter Saffron are constantly at odds. And while Eddie truly loves her, Saffy is often forced to take on the mothering role in their relationship…except, of course, when it comes to personal grooming!
Of all the telly mothers out there, which one reminds you most of your own mum?