Mother's Day is tomorrow, and I'm heading out to my parents' place to spend time with my mom and various other members of the family. My mother is pretty amazing; she raised nine children and now loves spending time with her 25 (so far) grandchildren. We'll all be together next weekend for our annual Fam Jam, something the whole family looks forward to. The fact that so many strong-minded, opinionated progeny are still best friends as well as siblings is a testament to her upbringing. We won the Mom lottery and we know it.
I've been watching A Tree Grows In Brooklyn this week, the 1945 film about a year in the life of the Nolans, a poor family living in Brooklyn in the early 1900's. The story is an examination of various characters and their relationships within the family as they deal with the stresses of trying to not only survive, but provide their children with a better life than they have had. One of the most interesting of these relationships is the strained one between Katie Nolan, the mother, and her daughter Francie. Francie adores her charming, irresponsible father who loves his family but doesn't provide for it. She resents her mother, however, who seems hard and unsympathetic as she struggles to pay the bills and plan for the future. This is not a film that presents examples of perfect parents and children, but rather is an examination of flawed characters who love each other yet frequently hurt each other. This isn't a light-hearted movie, but it is a very good one about keeping a family together through good times and bad.