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Then: Mother

Now: Mother

                     MOTHER

1960’s - Someone who wakes up early with a smile on her face.  Think Donna Reed and June Cleaver.  Makes breakfast  for her children and husband.  Makes lunches for her children and husband.  Hands her husband his briefcase and sends him off to work with a kiss.  Walks the kids to the bus stop.  Cleans the house while wearing a nice dress with an apron.  Prepares dinner.  Meets the kids at the bus stop.  Greets her husband with a smile and a cocktail.  Cooks dinner.  Cleans the kitchen.  Goes with to bed with a smile on her face.  Wakes up the next day and does it all over again.  She may have an opinion but the mom of the fifties and sixties understood that Father Knew Best.  

I think - No Way could I be that kind of mom.  Well, maybe the staying home part without the apron.    

1970’s - As we moved into this decade, the big D became recognized.  Think Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano.  A single mom raising two girls.  She did all of the above minus the husband.  Thank God for that handyman who lived in the building!

I think – I could maybe do what she did, especially what she did behind closed doors with the handyman.    

1980’s -  Now, sometimes the father worked at home and the mom went outside for her job.  As Maggie Malone did in Growing Pains.  But still, mom did most of the housework after she came home from her “other” job.  No rest for her.   Not only didn't she get paid for her housework duties, her pay outside the home was less than that of her male co-workers.  

I think – I was that mom.

1990’s- Ah...Roseanne.  One of my favorite TV moms of all time.   The Conners were a blue collar family where both parents worked outside the home in order to make ends meet.  And Roseanne met my expectations of a great mom.  She could make me cry and laugh at the same time.  

I think – I wish had some of Roseanne's chutzpah.  

2000’s-Today's TV's mom aren't even fictional anymore.  The camera has moved into the homes of real families such as Kate and Jon and their brood of eight kids.  

I think  - I'm glad I'm not that mom!

And I think that the mom of today would tell that mom of 1950 what she probably knew all along...Mother Knows Best!

But no matter how much mom has changed from 1950 to the present, she is still the center of the family.  The one the kids turn to for help and understanding.  The one who takes care of the family pet, makes sure there is always those favorite cookies in the pantry and clean clothes in the closet.  The one that always has her shoulder available for a good cry, her arms ready for a hug, and her heart ready to accept this roller coaster ride called motherhood.

    

I think – I'm glad I am a mother and that I have such a wonderful mother in my life.  

HAPPY MOTHER‘S DAY to all you moms out there!

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      Justjer wrote May 10, 2009
    • Great blog, Janie...Great Tv Review too.  How about Danny Thomas and Stu Erwin...and then there was the Life of Reilly....I remember the names, but I’m not nearly as good at remembering all the plots...Thanks for the trip... I am only a dog mother (and step-dog mother, foster-mother, etc), but I do have a mother and know the truth of what you say.  In fact packing all of my darlng daughter’s stuff for our trip to see G‘ma, etc.  I thought it must be a little the same...Oh yeah, I also have a Fairy God Mother.
      HAPPY MOTHERS DAY EVERYONE



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      Janie Emaus wrote May 10, 2009
    • Justjer - Thanks for the wishes.  Happy Dog Mother’s Day to you.   Maybe we should call Hallmark and suggest another holdiay for them to promote!



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      Mztracy wrote May 10, 2009
    • HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY estatic



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      Lindao wrote May 10, 2009
    • Ah, the memories.  I’m an empty-nester mom, with my kids grown and moved away.  I must have done okay with them, because both my sons turned out great!  And now I’m the mom of a couple of fur-kids, my dogs, who are here hugging me on Mother’s Day.
      Happy Mother’s Day to all moms—whether you‘re the mom to kids or pets or both! —LindaO



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      Tinaf wrote May 10, 2009
    • Lovely!  I was lucky enough to have a brunch with all my kids, so it was truly a wonderful Mother’s Day for me...and I’m sending that wish out to you and all your readers!



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      Pamaloon wrote May 10, 2009
    • Hi Janie!

      I had a great mom’s day - we went out last night to a Mexican restaurant and I had myself a margarita (or two). All the kids were there - can’t ask for more than that.

      And NO WAY could I have been Donna Reed - I’m much more of a Rosanne, too. I’m far too grumpy to be Donna. :)

      Happy Mother’s Day!



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      Janie Emaus wrote May 11, 2009
    • Mztracy - I hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

      Linda- You do have two great wonderful sons.

      Tina -  I’m glad you had a great day with your kids.

      Pam -  I can see you in a Donna Reed type of kitchen!  

      I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!



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      Janie Emaus wrote May 11, 2009
    • Annie - My Mother’s Day was wonderful.  I hope yours was, too.  I hear you about working full time and then taking care of family stuff.



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