Literary mothers to look up to

Lily Cavanaugh – The Talisman: She drinks too much, she smokes and she leaves Jack too much to himself but she also believes in him and in magic when he needs her to let him go to save her. He’s not saving her for her sake but because Jack is 11 and not ready to loose his mother and she knows that. She’s fine with dying but she doesn’t want to leave her son.

Molly Weasley – Harry Potter: I feel like this is self evident but I’ll explain anyway. Molly is an amazing mom to her own children but it’s her love for Harry that really got me. She wasn’t obligated to love him, she didn’t have any particular relationship with his parents. She just sees a child who needs a mother and takes him under her wings. Just think about this:

Mrs Weasley set the potion down on the bedside cabinet, bent down, and put her arms around Harry. He had no memory of ever being hugged like this, as though by a mother. The full weight of everything he had seen that night seemed to fall in upon him as Mrs Weasley held him to her.

Harry Potter and the goblet of fire.

Harry has never had a hug from a loving adult before. That sound? Just my heart breaking.

Lovis – Ronja the robbers daughter: Lovis is motherhood goals. She is so chill and rational that she’s impossible not to love. There is no doubt she loves her daughter but she also knows children need to figure things out on their own. The world can never be safe but you can teach your children to be strong and fierce.

Moominmamma – Moomin trolls: Moominmamma is pretty cool. She never gets angry and doesn’t miss a beat no matter what happens. She always carries woollen socks and bark in her handbag and for some reason I love that. She even thinks smooking is good for the stomach – how much more chill can you get?

Quotes about mothers I like:

“Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.”
― Marguerite Duras

“I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.” Maya Angelou

“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.” E.M. Forster

“I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.”
― Martha Gellhorn

“There’s no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids.”
― Stephen King

“But mothers lie. It’s in the job description.”
― John Green

“My mother is not evil, Faith reminded herself. She is just a perfectly sensible snake, protecting her eggs and making her way in the world as best she can.”
― Frances Hardinge

“If you knew how great is a mother’s love, you would have no fear.”
― J.M. Barrie

Have I missed any? Let me know in the comments.

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