|"A mother's happiness is like a beacon,
lighting up the future but reflected also on the past
in the guise of fond memories."
~~Honore de Balzac
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, aunts, grandmas, sisters,
and friends who share the very best of maternal love with the
In between spending time with my own mom and grandma and
furbabies... and "soft releasing" twenty or so mice into the
wild because my life is odd like that... I put together the
following. I hope you enjoy!
Top Ten Times Andrew Needed a Mom
Okay, okay... So maybe Andrew didn't *need* a mom in these
moments. After all, he always had God. But... a
physically present, caring, comforting mom woulda been nice, I
10. This isn't so much a single moment as a recurring
pattern. A couple of examples would be "Elijah" and "Made
in the U.S.A." Basically, Monica and Tess are off doing
their thing, often together, and Andrew's wandering around in
the gloom of night all by his lonesome. It makes me
sad. So for my own well-being... I wish Andrew had a mom
walking with him then.
9. So, in the grand scheme of things, maybe this wasn't a
big deal but... Andrew coulda used a mom during "Only
Connect." Monica was acting like a spoiled brat and
Andrew's mom woulda put her in her place for daring to kick dirt
onto her baby boy!
8. Oh my flippity flip... Andrew needed a mom in
"Voice of an Angel" not only to deal with the hecklers I'm sure
he had but... Monica. Again. What the bloody
heck?! Someone needed to put her in a corner for snapping
Andrew's suspenders. "You need to be nice to your brother,
Missy! What has he ever done to you except be incredibly
kind and quietly and calmly deal with your moodiness and
fair-weather friendship? Nothing, Monica.
Nothing. No coffee for you for a week!"
7. Andrew didn't really seem to need a mom in "My Dinner
with Andrew." He did just fine as it was. But a mom
fussing over him as he prepared for his date woulda been super
cute and funny!
6. Andrew coulda used a mother in the finale. Not
only could she have kept him company during the first half when
he was entirely ignored but she could have comforted him after
the big farewell scene. In Dyelandverse, this role was
filled by JenniAnn and her friends but still... a mom woulda
5. It woulda been nice for Andrew to have had a mom during
"Children of the Night." I know the point was for him to
be truly homeless and, thus, more easily trusted by the
kids. But... I think that still would have been possible
if a nice lady had been there to give him soup and cocoa and a
4. And, okay, so this doesn't have much to do with Andrew
but... if he had had a mom around during that episode, maybe she
would have overheard Rafael call China "Sleazy." And then
she could have unleashed her righteous feminist wrath on Rafael,
enrolled him in a Gender Studies class, and made him apologize.
3. I think Andrew's prayer on the stairs moment in "The
Journalist" is a rare, raw glimpse of his relationship with
God. I don't think another presence is warranted.
However... I wish he'd had a mom with him when the news
first broke that the children had been taken away from Horace
and Zelda. Someone who would have done more than give a
vaguely concerned look in his direction like a certain
2. I wish Andrew would have had a mom with him during "The
Violin Lesson" to comfort him... and also chew Tess out for
yelling at him for someone else's violent reaction to the
truth. Not only was that not fair to Andrew nor kind to
him but it's also an incredibly sucky message and Tess deserved
to be yelled at.
1. During "Til Death Do Us Part." The whole thing...
Motherly Tropes in Dyeland Stories
Below are some tropes centered around moms that have popped up
in Dyeland stories (all of which are linked here).
Where relevant, some father-themed references are included since
I try not to invoke the same trope twice.
Was Right- The Dyeland stories have an odd sort of twist
on this in that non-genetically related parents and children
share traits. For example, JenniAnn and Belle both have
the same form of epilepsy. Belle has also "inherited"
Andrew's habit of raising an eye brow expressively, likely due
to children's propensity for mimicry. Similarly, JenniAnn
has some of the same nervous tics as Vincent. She also
sometimes jokes that she inherited falling in love with an angel
of death from her great-aunt/godmother... something that's
surely not genetic.
Makes You King- Sort of. While I think it's safe to
assume that Yeshua/Joshua would have come into his own one way
or another, it's Maryam that encourages him to perform his first
public miracle... per the Bible. Also, in a roundabout
way, virtually all inheritance in Dyeland would come from the
child's mother. This likely won't be true past the current
generation but since Dyeland's population was overwhelmingly
female and those women owned their homes, several of the male
Dyelanders might not be landowners. They just moved there
to be with their ladies. That being said, I don't think
any of them get too invested in land rights. Whichever
children inherit their family homes will probably see it as just
that... their family's home, not exclusively their mother's.
Foster Parents- JenniAnn is this to Violeta. The
angel is, obviously, very aware of her own powers and actual
parentage. However, it falls to JenniAnn to teach her how
to move through the world as a woman.
Guardian- I think pre-divine intervention Doreen Lee from
"Ivy" could be fairly called this. Religiously
conservative, she was none too happy when her unwed daughter,
Francesca, got pregnant. When Francesca died and left
little Ivy in the care of her grandmother, Doreen was
emotionally distant and judgmental despite the fact that Ivy was
a really great kid. Thankfully, she came around when
Andrew and Co. helped her see the light and then was further
encouraged to be her best self when she met Joshua. Now
I'm sure Doreen is looking forward to being a loving
great-grandma to any and all future Syvy babies.
a Child to Parent- I think a lot of the parental figures
struggle with this at least a little bit. JenniAnn's
parents and, to a lesser extent Vincent, still tend to be
overprotective when she's well into her thirties. And
maybe because of this, JenniAnn seems ready to repeat the same
pattern with her children. In flash forwards, she's very
unsure about Avi getting married at twenty ("Sunshine and
Snow"). Twenty is on the young side for marriage but he's
certainly an adult capable of making such a decision.
JenniAnn's very happy to coddle an adult Belle after a bad
date... complete with tucking her into bed with her plush frog ("A
Stor Mo Chroi"). Andrew and JenniAnn have butted
heads a bit over Violeta. JenniAnn babies her.
Andrew thinks she needs to be more responsible. Joshua
complicated things a little when he temporarily transformed
Violeta into a little girl in "Chrysalis." While it served
a very important, greater purpose, this likely made JenniAnn
double-down on her belief that Violeta is, at heart, a little
girl. I'm sure JenniAnn will get better in time.
Test Plot- The entire plot of "The Test" involves JenniAnn
and Isolde going to get a pregnancy test for the latter to
take. Prior to that, Sean got a couple pregnancy tests
from Catherine that Kemara took in "Morning Has Broken."
Still earlier, Zeke got a pregnancy test for Diana in the "When
the Honeymoon is Over" portion of "A Cord of Three Strands."
Title Characterization- The assorted characters treat this
issue in different ways. Based on the flash forwards, Avi
and Belle continue to call their parents "Mama" and "Daddy" well
into adulthood. Liam, meanwhile, has gone from using
"Monny" and "Daddy" to "Mom" and "Dad." Max made the
biggest jump of all when he started calling Andrew "Dad" after
having previously used his given name. Vincent called his
father "Father" for his entire life without it carrying the
common distant, cold connotation. That's largely because
almost everyone referred to Jacob Wells as "Father."
Yeshua/Joshua seems to have always called his parents Ama and
Abi but uses Abba, Father, and Dad interchangeably for God the
Father. However, he tends to only use Father when
referencing Him to others. So like "My Father said..." or
"My Father sent me to..." and less often "Father, I need Your
guidance." The biggest exception, of course, is the Lord's
Prayer aka the "Our Father." When Joshua prays that in
English, he says "Our Father" but it's highly possibly Yeshua
originally used Abba instead. Assumedly, Joshua always
uses whatever term is most common among the audience. If
he was praying with Spanish speakers, he would undoubtedly begin
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