The Ultimate Smore
My Overall Thoughts of Motherhood
Novel Presentation - Fly Away Home
Mothers in Film
Mothers in Television
When we were first assigned this project, Red immediately came to my mind. In the first couple seasons of the show, Red is definitely afraid to make mistakes. However, when situations get a little too rough for her to handle, the audience sees a more sensitive side to Red's character. But... Never underestimate Red, because she's always going to come back with vengeance.
I now wish I had added a free response question asking the moms what advertisements were popular around the time I was a baby. It would have been interesting to compare ads from 20 or so years ago to today's advertisements.
From this particular project I learned to appreciate the decade I was born in. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to have a job or be a stay at home house wife in a time when both areas have become acceptable.
The Feminine Mystique
I found this book to be repetitive, consistently concentrating on the aspect that women were provided with their life long duties early on… The other common theme was that women were unhappy, but didn't think they were allowed to be unhappy. I feel incredibly grateful that I live in the 21st century where I'm able to work virtually wherever, go to college, and have however many kids I do or don't want.
Teen Movies and TV Shows
Well, I definitely achieved that goal. The song isn't awful, but I just couldn't connect with the rhythm and flow of the song. I didn't learn anything new about motherhood from this project, if anything it just reaffirmed how grateful I am that my mom raised me in the church and made sure I never got too sassy in public.
This project was my favorite because I was able to see what I had learned in class apply to my mother's methods with raising me. I saw that Disney movies aren't always happy and can be dark for 3 year olds... I also enjoyed this project because it was so laid back. I was able to have a chat with my mom, and turn that in for a grade. I mean, how much better can a homework assignment be?
My Summary of Comm 411
However, I think that while there are all these positives to motherhood, society likes to create a negative image to mothers. If a mother makes a six figure income and is able to be a single raising parent, but decides to take a two week maternity leave, society doesn't see the positive side to the situation. If a mom decides to put a child up for adoption because she doesn't have the finances or emotional support she needs to raise a child, she's seen as a coward for not trying to raise the child instead of a hero who's giving the child a better life.
If I'm ever lucky enough to have children, I will be scared for my life. The idea that I get to bestow my knowledge, beliefs, and ideals upon a human being is both astounding and terrifying at the same time. I can't imagine the fear mothers feel when they have to make simple and difficult decisions. I can already tell you that I'm going to over think every possible aspect of my child's life because I don't want to mess up... But until that day comes, I will have a new found respect for moms. My opinion is that motherhood is not easy, it is a scary blessing.
A Letter to my Mommy
Thank you for being as amazing as you are. I had no idea the amount of thought that went into being a mom... And I can't imagine the added difficulty since you had to raise me on your own. But I want you to know that I appreciate every thing you did for me as a child, and every thing you continue to do for as an adult. This class taught me that there are thousands of decisions that go into being a mom, and you rock and made all of the rights ones LOL
I've learned that TV portrays mothers as either ditsy or strict. Disney movies often times only have one parent because it causes the main character to grow up quicker in an 81 minute film. I learned that Mamma Mia is a musical.... Thanks for the heads up before you let me borrow your copy of the movie....
You know our relationship... So here are some random Thank You's:
- Thank you for staying on the phone with me whenever I'm driving in the rain because I'm a sissy
- Thank you for always randomly giving me gift cards to HEB
- Thank you for being so calm and patient with me every time I get sassy and vent about the most minute aspects of my life
- Thank you for having a phenomenal vocabulary (it has come in handy for more than one essay)
- Thank you for recording all of the TV shows I miss because Suddenlink hates me and took away so many TV Stations....
Anywho... I love you mommy, and please know that I am beyond grateful