I’m past my first trimester and, while I’m still waiting for the extreme tiredness to pass and getting comfortable with my burgeoning belly, I’ve thought a bit about the kind of mother I hope to be. (To my daughter – did I tell you it’ll be a girl?! Evelyn Charlotte. 🙂 )
I think I’ll be at least an OK mom. I’m older (advanced maternal age -doesn’t that suck?) and I feel like I know myself and what I’m capable of. While I do this, however, there are still some fictional mothers that I think are fierce and would be good to emulate, at least in some ways.
1. Molly Weasley.
She is frazzled by her family but loves them so fully. She even loves their friends with abandon, with all her heart. She lets them be who they are and grow as they need to, but when the time comes, “Not my daugther, you bitch!”
2. Tami Taylor.
She strikes that right combination of expecting the best in someone but also being gracious when they’re not able to give it. And then support them as they try again. I think that kind of faith is important.
3. Gemma Teller.
In a way. She thinks of her son and grandchildren with a ferocious single-mindedness. (Except for thinking of her own survival, but still.)
Something all these characters have in common is a vehement and all-in commitment to their children. They’re not half-assing it; they’re not going through any motions. They’re not looking for or towards something else, which is something I would like to emulate.
Who do you think it fierce?