Margaret’s Sunday Quickie: Moms kick butt

The first fictional mom who came to mind for today’s post was Cordelia Naismith, of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series.  Smart, indomitable, loving, and quite capable of dealing with a son who could be brave, brilliant, and (often) outright infuriating.  (Although I suspect many moms will say that their children are quite capable of being all of the above.)  

I have a mixed reaction to motherhood in fantasy (as mentioned earlier on this blog) because of how often it’s used as a plot device rather than development of a real character.  It’s sometimes hard to remember that some characters are mothers — Galadriel was a grandmother, after all, and I do see a hint of that in how she managed to set up her granddaughter with that nice young Estel boy who looked so presentable once he cleaned up and put on some nice clothes and stopped slouching.  But that’s all appendix material, and there’s very little trace of it in the main storyline.  Cordelia’s role as mother never devolves into stereotypical patterns, nor does she set it aside completely.  In fact, I think this is what I like best about her character: she’s awesome as a mother, and as a character in her own right.  She’s not stuffed into one role to the exclusion of the other.

And all of this is beside the central point, which is this: My own mother is the most awesome mom on the planet.  And now I’m going to go call and, er, tell her that her Mother’s Day gift is a little late.  (Okay, so I’m not the best daughter.  But she’s the best mom ever.)

1 Response to “Margaret’s Sunday Quickie: Moms kick butt”

  1. 1 auntielou
    May 10, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    You’re right about your mom. Although mine was no slouch. And neither was your mother’s.

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