For those of you who’ve devoured Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, you’ll know what – and who – I’m talking about.

The Mom in the story, Sabrina Douglas, fascinates me.

Sabrina, with her ponytail and soft jeans. Long limbs. Pretty. Who could have had any man she wanted.

Sabrina, who chooses to make too many mistakes.

Sabrina, married to Richie Trout, who frequents one particular bar, and is always in a p*ssy mood.

Sabrina, who’s got four kids – Eleanor, Ben, who’s almost a teenager and needs a haircut, Maisie, who has a temper and can cat-fight like a pro and Little Richie – who all know how to cry without making a sound.

Sabrina, who is selfish.

What kind of mother, I ask you, is selfish enough to solely focus on herself and defends her alcoholic and physically abusive “husband” and does not protect her own kids?

What kind of mother tiptoes around her own house like an albino rat, afraid of crashes, and begs her kids do the same?

What kind of mother lets the said alcoholic husband smoke weed, and get this – keep a gun, A GUN, dear God – stashed somewhere in the house?

What kind of mother lets her crazy husband beat her up so hard, that the children can hear her crying in the next room?

What kind of mother, I ask you, makes her children live in constant fear that she’s going to get murdered someday? And when the kids wake up to the smell of breakfast, they have to see bruises on their Mom’s skin – and also hickeys?

I’ll tell you what kind.

The broken kind. The weak kind. Never has a fictional character – be it in a book or a movie – affected me as much.

She got me comparing her to my own mother. And I’ll be honest, my mother might be the way she is – but at least she’s not selfish. Not even weak willed.

I’m glad she’s not.

Has any fictional character affected you like crazy? Let me know!

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49 thoughts on “Eleanor’s Mom.

  1. Severus Snape – He was considered to the cold-hearted, the one incapable of loving anyone or showing affection to anyone. On the contrary, he is the one who is considered to be the epitome of true love in the last. Which enlightens me to the fact, that one shouldn’t be judged by their external portrayal. Who knows what they are inside? You might find a beautiful soul hidden behind the mask. Love has no bounds, one doesnt have to be together to love the other person. There are millions of other way to show it. πŸ™‚
    I am going to come up with a post on this topic soon πŸ˜›

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  2. Without a doubt.. I was and am enthralled by the “Room” by Emma donoghue.. The five year old jack.. He’s my hero..Took me with him on a journey of blind faith,confusion,pandemonium and his perspective of his little world.. Much like how a foetus presumes of himself and surroundings,thinking no other world exists beyond the walls of the womb..
    The way Jack escapes,the way he is born into the environment is worthy of your time.. Keep those kleenex’s ready when you delve into this book..
    Such a masterpiece..Very close to my heart. I adore the courage of Ma and am flummoxed by the psychotic character of old Nick..
    A heart warming and a heart breaking read… No other fictional character has ever touched me at such magnanimous depths.

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      1. Sooch… You got such beautiful eyes manh… I know this is a blog.. But I just had to tell that.. Very stereotypical Bengali kinds.. Big and beautiful.. 😍😍😍
        Sorry for the digression ☺️😊

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      2. Well… Who said you gotta see your eyes?? 😁😁 we see it,so we love em.. Err..Irrespective of the myopia or the hyperopia..
        That’s how people are,aren’t they?? Superficial us!!
        Just kidding love..
        ❀️❀️❀️
        N many thank yous Hun..

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      3. Hmmm… Apparently,I’m 10 tyms less cuter than you..
        Aaah well.. Maybe that’s 100… I’m hopeless at maths.. I just dunno how I scraped thru calculus.. I’d any day prefer calculuses of the body to calculus of mathematics.. πŸ˜–πŸ˜–
        *gets shivers when asked how much is 37-18??* πŸ˜“πŸ˜’πŸ˜’

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      4. 😒😒 aahh… You just took the words outta my mouth…
        Bless you dear soul..
        * wipes big tears outta relief*

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      5. Awwwwhh Hun.. How sweet of you.. 😒😒❀️❀️ thank you..I love it.. Will do it so.. And Hun.. I’ve stopped the blog aunaturel twists..

        I’m currently using:
        theplatememoirs.wordpress.com

        I know.. I’m so undecided πŸ˜“acckk..

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  3. I think that there are sooooooooo many characters in my own life that affect me in such a way that I don’t give a ton of thought to the fictional ones. If I think about it though, probably I am really fascinated by Hannibal. I have read all of the books written by Thomas Harris about Hannibal, and knowing about the childhood horrors Hannibal endured, I feel a huge amount of compassion for the man. Also, the fact that he only kills other killers, makes him a hero of sorts. Most people don’t know the full story about him, having never read all of the books. Most people just see him as a sick cannibalistic freak. There is much more to him than that, and there is a complicated story behind his cannibalistic ways.

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    1. Omg?!! You are epic.. Just saw your blog… N I love you yeti girl!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      For some weird reason I can’t seem to follow yu.. 😒

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      1. Lol thanks! Weird, I will check and see if I accidentally disabled my follow button. I am forever screwing things up!

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  4. This is awesome, LR, if only for the reason it allows you to give your mom a bit of slack.

    There is a chracter here in two novels written by Steven Ford. Frank Bascomb debuted in a novel titled The Sportswriter. I read it when I was. He aged — matured if you will — and changed paths in subsequent readings, Had children, divorced, found other loves in life and career. I continued to relate to the man.

    Thanks for this thougtful post today, LR.

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    1. I have to read them now. Whichever book/movie/show you talk about is ALWAYS good.

      And someone you can relate to? Cherry on top!!

      And you’re welcome. I’m glad I could cut my Mum some slack.

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