5 Best Moms in Literature (because I said so)

Mom’s are pretty great.

mom jeans

Mom jeans and all 😉

But really.

I’ve been blessed with unbelievable women in my life. My mom is amazing. She introduced me and my sisters to books at a super young age, and she always made reading a priority, especially when we were younger. There were times we’d all curl up on the couch while my mom read the Little House on the Prairie books to us. Around Christmas time, I always drift back to the times I’d sit in the kitchen reading, smelling my mom’s freshly baked cookies while she watched the TV series. One of her favorite books is Anne of Green Gables (I stole her copy. oops), and we’d watch the movie together on Sundays after church. My sister Tiffany loved the Junie B. Jones series, and I remember laying on the ground in our kitchen while my mom read it to her while she cooked dinner (I don’t know how that’s possible – I can barely drink coffee and read at the same time).  

“The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only mothers utter.” — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

I’m convinced I inherited my love of reading from my grandmothers, along with my love of giving gifts to people and probably some of my sass. They always had books laying around, and there were many times I’d curl up in their laps while they told me stories or looked at books with me. My aunt encouraged my creativity and love of ice cream. She had these Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books that we’d look through together. Above all, the women in my childhood gave me room to explore and imagine, to create.

Flash forward to my adulthood – While my grandmothers and aunt have since passed away, I still hold on to that creative nature they instilled in me. But now other amazing women have come into my life and built onto that foundation. It’s almost like we met so they could pick up where my grandmothers and aunt left off.

I have amazing friends who have shown me what a good relationship/marriage is and isn’t. Friends who have allowed me to spend time in their home with them, with their husbands, with their kids. I don’t think they realize how much their example of motherhood and wifehood (is that a word? welp, it is now) mean to me.

This past year of teaching allowed me to work alongside other women I came to respect and learn from – women who’ve taught me more about being a mom and a strong, but gentle, woman than they know. Through their examples, I saw how to truly care for other people and how to share opinions and philosophies in a sensible, kind manner.

“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.” — Meryl Streep

I’m terrible at speaking the words (it’s really hard to make what’s in my head come out of my mouth in a nice way – sarcasm is a blessing and a curse) and I don’t like emotions. So, in celebration of Mother’s Day (which I realize was Sunday, but eh) and to honor the amazing women in my life, I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday and Cait over at Paper Fury to give you my five favorite moms in literature.

Emma Stone thumbs up gif

Molly Weasley || Harry Potter series

Molly is amazing. Not only does she somehow manage to care for six kids, but she pretty much adopts Harry as well. She knits him sweaters for Christmas just like she does for her own kids. I like to imagine that while her home is messy (because Fred and George, of course), she always welcomes people in with a “would you like to stay for dinner?” Molly obviously loves her children, but her shining moment is when she puts her life on the line for Ginny.

The Weasley family

Caroline Ingalls || Little House on the Prairie series

I love stories about pioneer times. There’s something freeing about imagining living in an untamed world, making everything you need, and working with your hands. But, there’s no way that could’ve been easy, especially raising children at the same time. Caroline showed us that sometimes love for a person shows up in the special little things you do for them.

Little House on the Prairie

Margaret “Marmee” March || Little Women

I think now more than ever, women can relate to the example of Marmee. While her husband is away at war, she manages her household and cares for her five daughters, showing them how to be kind, strong women. As her girls grow up, she remains the solid foundation of their family.

Little Women

Marilla Cuthbert || Anne of Green Gables series

While Anne never calls her mom, Marilla is one of my favorite motherly figures ever. She’s pretty sassy and doesn’t really care about what anyone thinks, but there’s something about Anne that brings out her tenderness. Throughout the books, she is Anne’s rock and is always fighting for her, regardless of Anne’s escapades. What I love most about Marilla is her example of the special relationship that can form from loving a child who isn’t your own and caring for them like they are.

Anne and Marilla

Lysandra || Throne of Glass series

What? I brought up the Throne of Glass series again. That’s weird and unexpected.

Lysandra has a rough past. There are things about herself that she hates and things that she’s done that she regrets. Rather than wallowing in self-pity, she cares for a young girl and protects her with everything she has. She’s not the girl’s mom, but there is nothing Lysandra would not do for this kid. Lysandra shows us that sometimes loving someone and doing what’s best for them hurts. But that’s what motherhood is about – putting your child’s safety and needs before your own.

Lysandra and Evangeline

So there you have it – a definitive list of the best moms in literature, created by yours truly.

Did I miss anyone?? Who do you think makes one of the best moms in literature?? Do you think we need more of these examples in books?? Chat it out!

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