Blessed be, all! Mother’s Day is coming up soon, which means I’ll be putting in a lot of time at the day job. I didn’t want to leave this week without a post, though, so I decided to go ahead and put this one up early.
This week, I want to look at my top five literary moms. It was… well. Much harder than I would have thought. Moms are strangely absent from a plurality of my reading material, both in terms of main characters who are mothers and moms of the protagonists. I managed to pull together a list, but this is something I want to address further in the future.
- Molly Weasley, Harry Potter series. Who doesn’t love Mrs. Weasley? The books don’t let us see her at her best, but make no mistake, this woman is full of love and cast iron. She adores her children without question and, while sometimes misguided in how she goes about it, would do anything to protect them.
- Ilane of Mindelan, Protector of the Small quartet. While Ilane only appears in a limited number of scenes, she warms my heart to think about. She encourages Kel to be brave, to chase her dreams, and not to let anything get in her way. She also wields a naginata as if it were light as a butterknife, which only further cements her in badassery in my mind.
- Jennifer Honey, Matilda. Even before Ms. Honey adopts Matilda, she’s a champion for the little girl. She courageously faces down Matilda’s abusive birth family and the terrors of her own past to be the mother Matilda desperately needs.
- Lark and Rosethorn, Circle of Magic series. Like Ms. Honey, these two women prove that a mother need not be related by blood. After circumstances bring our four protagonists to Discipline Cottage, Lark and Rosethorn become mother, teacher, and guide to their young charges. These fierce women form the lynchpin for a found family for our heroes that stretches over nearly a dozen books.
- Sorcha, Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. Sorcha isn’t actually in very much of the series, as she gives her life for her children early in book one, hundreds of years before the main storyline. But everything comes back to her and the fact that she made the ultimate sacrifice to keep her kids safe from the sorcerer trying to steal her powers (and her babies) away for his own.