Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Best Mother in a Book, Movie, or TV Show

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Mother holding child up with joy at a beach at sunset. My choice for this week’s prompt is Mrs. Dorothy Quimby from the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary.

Ramona and her older sister Beezus could be rambunctious and stubborn kids. Everything in their family was written from little Ramona’s perspective, and she didn’t always understand the world the way her parents or even her older sister did.

I loved seeing how patient, empathetic, and understanding Mrs. Quimby was with her daughters. When young Ramona decided she wanted to run away from home, Mrs. Quimby helped her pack her suitcase with everything a kid would need to survive to give the girl a chance to reconsider her decision. (It ended up being so heavy that little Ramona changed her mind).

She gave her daughters space to make their own decisions even if they didn’t always necessarily make the right ones. Her love for them was unconditional, and she had a wonderful sense of humour, too.

I only wish the author had written one of the books in this series from the mother’s point of view!


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22 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Best Mother in a Book, Movie, or TV Show

  1. Even though they were around when I was a kid, I don’t really remember them until my kids were reading them.

    • Oh, interesting!

      I haven’t read the Ramona books since I was a kid, so I don’t know how well they work for adult readers. But I sure loved them in elementary school. 🙂

  2. Oh, great choice! I loved all of her books as a kid.

  3. What a perfect answer! I loved the Ramona books.

  4. I haven’t read the Ramona books, but I just started reading Henry and Ribsy with my kid and we are loving them, so Ramona is next on my list! From how you described the mom here, I can relate to that parenting style and definitely think we will enjoy them together. Thanks for sharing her!

  5. She sounds like a wonderful woman.

  6. Lydia, I goofed and wrote a post for next week, I’ve changed it. Thanks for coming by so quick.

  7. Oooh, I hadn’t thought about getting one of the Ramona books from her mom’s POV, but that would have been really neat!

  8. That really would have been very cool, to see that from the mom’s perspective. I don’t remember the books all that well, but I know I read several of them.

    • Thank you. Did you like them when you read them? My memory of them isn’t super specific these days either except for some really memorable scenes.

  9. Ash

    I haven’t actually read the Ramona books! I’ve heard great things though.
    I honestly don’t know who I’d choose, most books I read either have crap parents or no parents lol.

    Ash @ Essentially Ash

    • They were super fun when I read them as a kid! I have no idea how they’d hold up for adult readers, though I hope you like them if you read them. I’m hoping to reread them this summer.

      And, yeah, there are so many books out there with no or terrible parents.

  10. Oh that’s a blast from my past – I remember reading those when I was a kid, but not sure I remember much about them if I’m honest, not past ‘yeah i liked those’

  11. I’d forgotten about those books. She was a great mother, I agree.

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