- Sep 1, 2011
I was basing mine on the person I thought was the best mom under the circumstances she was operating under. I eliminated June Cleaver because she had a pretty easy gig.The phrase "Best" needs to be defined as used here. It's subjective. What tangibles does "best" encompass?
I was going to say June Cleaver. I saw an episode this morning of her doing housework in a dress, hair perfectly groomed, wearing a pearl necklace and dress heels. My mom NEVER dressed like THAT when she did housework.
I'll go along with the majority and say Florida Evans. She dealt with more drama in one episode than June did in an entire season, on top of having a job to go to everyday to help James make ends meet.
I'm surprised that Harriet Nelson, Jane Wyatt (Father knows best) nor Donna Reed were not nominated. They were great moms too.
Could Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck) (The Big Valley) qualify? The other moms ran modest suburban households. She was the owner and head of the Barkley ranch, and oversaw its profitable cattle empire.
She ran both with an unrelenting iron fist, and had the respect of all that knew her, or did business with her. One of my favorite TV westerns.
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I voted for Carol Brady because she was dealing with the issues of a combined family. If I could I would take that vote back because she also had the help of a maid. Now one could say that she had to take care of the needs of 6 children, but a really good mom would have assigned them chores to help with the housework. You seldom saw those kids do squat except their homework. Of course, they only kept the maid because she originally took care of the boys before they got married.
I also voted for Florida Evans as well, but in my opinion, she surpasses Carol Brady by quite a lot. I mean she works in a menial job out of necessity to supplement the family income. I really give her the most props for not killing her oldest son, who in my opinion is the most obnoxious characters in TV history.
I also believe that the Donna Reed Show and Father Knows Best moms should have been included. But i am surprised that Michael Learned - Olivia Walton and Karen Grassle-- Caroline Engals from Little House on the Prairie were omitted. Olivia Walton probable busted her chops harder than Florida and Caroline even outdid her due to the work required of the times. Those women worked from sun up to past sundown. People now days do not realize the amount of labor that was essential in a pioneer woman's life just to get through the average day. So I would nominate Caroline Engals for the title.
Right after just finishing the previous part of my post, I realized I totally forgot it was for Mothers Day. Interesting I ended up with Caroline Engals and that I mentioned the certain issues that the others had because It seems they were reflective of circumstances my own mother experienced throughout her life. You might wonder about the hardships faced by Caroline Engals being possible, but in fact, it was even harsher. It was more along the line of what the settlers in Jamestown Virginia faced. They had to make everything they used. My mother was not someone that was easy to be around, but when judging someones we need to consider the handicaps and burdens they have had to carry, which is also why I picked Florida and Caroline. They each represent different factors with respect to overcoming and dealing with circumstances that made their lives less than ideal.