Happy Mothers Day

Mother and Son Reading 1956

I remember watching many years ago I Remember Mama, the 1948 film about a Norwegian immigrant family circa 1910, and finding something touchingly familiar about the mother, played so endearingly by Irene Dunne. She was the perfect mother, so kind and generous and frugal and optimistic. She reminded me of my grandmother. She did not remind me of my mother, who was a mid-century modern woman whose ups and downs would have challenged Mama’s forbearance. While I am sure many people today would find I Remember Mama sentimental, if not maudlin, I recommend the film as a lesson in the ideals and standards that brought the best of Europe to America–as opposed to the worst, which came as well.

This photo was taken around 1949. The Baby Boomers were on their way, nourished by jello.

This photo was taken around 1949. The Baby Boomers were on their way, nourished by jello.

The saddest thing in the world is an unloved child, and on this Mothers Day 2018, I remember my mama with love and gratitude for the unconditional love she gave me, for the struggle she endured to bring me into this world, and for the loving grandmother, godmother, and loving family she made sure I had.

You can watch the trailer for I Remember Mama on YouTube.
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