Oh, there have been some MOMS on soaps over the years, hasn’t there? From Helena Cassadine trying to poison her son Stephan (and watching while he was dying!!) to Ruth Martin wringing her hands over worry for each of her kids. Over the years, mothers have drifted to the background (especially on GH) –especially those mothers of older children. After the baby is born and WTD storyline complete, most moms seem to disappear (Bobbie, Flea, Laura) or they children leave for greener pastures (Tracy). Of course, if we even SEE the kids it’s a treat lately…sad, sad sad.
Long Long Ago, however Moms were the center of their kid’s lives. Mona and Erica,Leslie/Laura, Anna/Robin, Vicky and all the Kevinsand Joeys…Dorian and Cassie. Since I only watch ABC, I realize there are plenty of other soaps with kick-ass Moms as well. I’m hopeful (slightly) that GH will again showcase MOMs in something other than a MOBULAR capacity when the kids are SORA’d. We can hope, can’t we?
One of the most poignant storylines of GH was that of Barbara Jean and Maxie. The heart transplant from BJ to Maxie was heart wrenching to watch because of the mothers involved. Kudos still to JZ and KW for making that story so believable and timeless.
Another one of my fave GH stories was Monica accepting Jason as her own. She went through the gamete of emotions and finally understood that the little bundle wasn’t guilty of his father’s sins. Later on, Monica went on to adopt Emily after her mother died from cancer. The early scenes between Amber Tamblyn and Leslie were priceless. Shame that Monica is regulated to the sidelines, isn’t it? Ditto Felicia. I would have loved to see Maxie/Georgie growing up with their mother.
So, the question comes up..who’s your fave Soapy Mom? I’m going to choose someone that I watched as a kid and just fell in love with. She was kind, tough, loving and could sing a great Irish song. Maeve Ryan protected her kids but also kicked them in the butt when she had to! Currently, it’s very hard to pick a great Mom on soaps anymore. I’d have to say I’m loving Nora on OLTL because I find her honest and modern; trying to juggle work and motherhood while watching her son go through a horrific accident. I love how she went off on Marty and is clinging to Bo like a life-raft. Of course, it’s not at all “real-real”… they’d never show REAL motherhood on soaps, we’d revolt!
Robin’s PPD storyline was poorly handled, that’s for sure– but at least they tried to tackle a topic that effects so many new moms. Just wish they’d done a bit of research first.
So, who’s your fave soap mom? Happy Day to all you Moms out there. Hope you are drinking your fave beverage and putting your feet up!