While I know too much TV is not a good thing, there are some shows out there that I have loved over the years. Since Mother's Day is right around the corner (have you gotten your mother a card yet...or a gift -- jewelry would be nice!) I decided to give tribute to some of the finer moments some of my favorite TV moms have dealt with. First up:
Remember Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor and his fun and funny wife, Jill. What mom doesn't love hearing this:
Jill: Hey, Tim, dinner's ready. Tim: I'm not really that hungry. Jill: I didn't cook it. Tim: I am famished.
Sure, it might not be from her children, but the sentiment is all the same. Poor Jill.
MOM LESSON: Sometimes a non-homecooked meal and getting dinner OUT really is the best thing for your family...and for you!
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER
I don't think there's another woman on the planet that gets more attention for being a housewife and wearing pearls than June Cleaver. Introducing the Cleaver clan to my own children has been a blast!
June Cleaver: You know, both of you boys should watch your grammar. Beaver: Gee, Mom, this is Saturday - they make us watch it all week in school.
There really are so many to choose from, I decided to choose this one since it was about grammar. Something that hits me over the head constantly...
MOM LESSON: A mother really is a teacher in so many ways!
Yes, I watched it! I used to get a kick out of this show...and probably learned a few "new" words also. One of the world's best examples of what NOT to do as a mom.
"I tell ya, a guy selling brains could clean up in this family"
Seriously, Thelma Harper, you need to get a Kindle and read a few parenting books.
MOM LESSON: Simple. Don't be Thelma Harper.
Who could forget the TV mom who had to deal with an alien in the house. I'm talking about an actual alien, moms, teens don't count.
Kate: "Don't break that remote." ALF: "Kate, have I ever broken anything?" [Kate stares at him] ALF: "Well, lately?" [pause] ALF: "This week?" [pause] ALF: "Today?" [pause] ALF: "Since breakfast?"
I bet Kate's just glad that ALF came fully grown and not as a baby. What do you do with an alien baby? Hm.
MOM LESSON: Be realistic. Kids do lose and break things without trying—so do aliens.
I LOVE LUCY
I love, I LOVE LUCY, even though I haven't watched all that many episodes. I don't have to go into all the reasons why Lucy was such a hit. Though she was more of a hit as a wife than a mom...this was a great quote.
Lucy Ricardo: I want the names to be unique and euphonious. Ricky Ricard: Okay. Unique if it's a boy, and Euphonious if it's a girl.
Leave it to Ricky.
MOM LESSON: Yes, you do get to name your children...don't embarrass them!
Okay, let's get a little more current...
How can I choose only one Lorelei quote? I'm a huge fan of GG and proud of it. I'm going to have to pick a few here...
Lorelai: You couldn't tell me? You tell me everything. Rory: It was too humiliating. Lorelai: Honey, you once told me you loved _Saved By the Bell_. What could be more humiliating than that?
Rory: Hello? Lorelai: They know. Rory: Who knows? Lorelai: The cats. They know that I've broken up with Jason and that I'm alone, and they've decided that it's time for me to become a crazy cat lady.
Okay, one more...
Christopher: Apparently the crème brûlée is to die for. Rory: Since when do you say 'to die for'? Lorelai: Since he got addicted to Project Runway. Christopher: Make it work!
(Side note: I always loved the fast way she said "Christopher.")
So, are you a GG watcher? Just putting this segment together makes me think I may need to gift myself with a some GG DVDs for Mother's Day.
MOM LESSON: Be funny...but don't expect to be as funny as Lorelai, unless you're my friend Allison Pittman.
Now, I'd like to jump to the present with a show about the past...
There are so many great memories about the things that these mother's say...here are a few...
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house.
Mary Crawley (mothering Sybil) “Oh, darling, darling, don’t be such a baby. This isn’t fairyland. What did you think? You’d marry the chauffeur and we’d all come to tea?”
Some of the most straight-shooting chatter came from this hit show.
MOM LESSON: Sometimes it's the mom's job to just say it how it is.
I hope you enjoyed this little chat over TV Moms. My mom and I have a great relationship and find ourselves laughing often during our visits. Last year I got to spend Mother's day with her for the first time in 8 years. Wish I could this year again.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to everyone out there but especially to my own mom!
Your Turn: I'd love to hear your favorite Mom Moments...TV or REAL! ;-)