May 6th, 2012 by Nancy
Mother’s Day is in one week, so I hope you’ve ordered your flowers, written your cards, and practiced your breakfast-making skills!
In honor of the upcoming holiday, here’s a shout-out to awesome moms and mom-like figures in our favorite books… That’s right — she doesn’t have to be related to you, just someone who takes care of you and loves you!
Caroline “Ma” Ingalls
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Well, her name was pretty much “Ma.” She always looked after her family: Pa, Laura, Mary, Carrie, Grace, and even their brindle bulldog Jack. Not many people can run a tidy household in a covered wagon!
Sarah, adoptive mother
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Sarah traveled all the way to the prairie to become a wife and mother without ever meeting Caleb and Anna or their father, Jacob, and she became a wonderful mother.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Mrs. Frisby risks everything to take care of her children — especially little Timothy, who’s ill — even battling cats and seeking the advice of an intimidating owl.
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
Not only does Mrs. Quimby appear in every Ramona book, there’s also an entire book, Ramona and Her Mother, filled with haircut mishaps, pajamas, and crockpot incidents. I just love how Mrs. Quimby says at the end of the book, “I couldn’t get along without my Ramona.”
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Lily Potter might be THE ultimate fictional mom of the century! She sacrificed her life for Harry, which protected him from the Killing Curse and Voldemort.
Pictured: Lily Potter from the Harry Potter movies.
Miss Perumal, adoptive mother
The Mysterious Benedict Society books by Trenton Lee Stewart
Even though she doesn’t play a HUGE role in the series, Miss Perumal is always there for Reynie… first as his tutor and friend, and then as an adoptive mother!
(Unfortunately, no known photos/images of Miss Perumal exist)
Honorable Mention: Aunt Marilla
The Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
Marilla Cuthbert may have been strict and tried to curb Anne’s fanciful imagination, but she loved Anne Shirley. Anne eventually names one of her daughters after Aunt Marilla, nicknamed “Rilla.”
Pictured: Aunt Marilla from the Anne of Green Gables TV miniseries.
What “mom” character do YOU love most?
Nancy apparently looks exactly like her mom, minus 25 years. It’s both comforting and creepy to know nearly exactly how you’ll look in the future. Like having a time machine…