Today is the celebration of the most important woman of one’s life–the mother. Without the mother, one does not exist. We are all merely a thought without her.
The mother is a gift in all of our lives, in one facet or another. She provides warmth, encouragement, devotion, intellect, guidance, bravado, forgiveness, and sometimes, simply presence. In most cases, this is unconditional–no prior agreements, no contracts, no obligations.
Many of us take this love and appreciation for granted. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, not enough recognition is paid forward to these women. They are a blessed foundation to every single one of us.
With absolute humbleness, I thank each and every mother for her will and desire.
In honor of all mothers, I will countdown my favorite moms–in the fashion of song and in interpretation through television.
FIVE MOTHERS IN TELEVISION
5. Jean Weir – Freaks and Geeks. Coming in as a pick from leftfield, Mrs. Weir was always open and loving to such an oddball collection of kids.
4. Thelma Harper – Mama’s Family. This is certainly a bias nomination. Growing up on watching Mama’s Family in the morning, Thelma always gave me a chuckle. Perhaps she reminded me of my very own mother.
3. Linda Belcher – Bob’s Burgers. Some may want to credit The Simpson’s Marge Simpson or Family Guy’s Lois Griffin as the best animated mother, but Linda couldn’t be more spot on in realism. In addition, she reminds me immensely of my own Wife/Jack’s Mother, Kate.
2. Sophia Petrillo – The Golden Girls. No mother on television is as genuine in her ways as Sophia.
1. Kitty Forman – That 70’s Show. Without a doubt, the funniest mother on television.
FIVE SONGS ABOUT MOTHERS
5. “Mother’s Little Helper” – The Rolling Stones. Although a depressing message, this song provides a subliminal, upbeat tune. Catchy, yet sad.
4. “Your Mother Should Know” – The Beatles. Propped in the middle of an album that walks in hand with one’s journey through a psychedelic state, the Beatles beautifully remind us you are who you are because of your mother.
3. “Mother” – Danzig. In 2015, the first Mother’s Day following my Mother’s passing, Ryan Adams covered this song at Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. It brought me to tears. It was such an amazing performance.
2. “Mother” – John Lennon. As a very intimate confessional track, John provides insight to the long and windy road of lonesomeness.
1. “Mother” – Pink Floyd. Hands down, the most desolate phase of a melancholy. To envision a memory of the woman who brought life and it remain a memory is disheartening.
Life begins with one person. Mum.