The other day I was putting Nemo on for Isabelle because she loves it with all her heart and I’m really not against a little quality disney movie every once in awhile. Usually I start it just at the opening credits just after Coral (the mom fish) is viciously eaten by some sort of oceanic eel. It’s slightly too traumatic for Isabelle and she doesn’t understand what happens to the other striped fish for the rest of the movie.
I got to thinking how sad it was that Nemo doesn’t have a mom in this particular film. But really, let’s reflect on Disney’s track record concerning a mother figure:
Beauty and the Beast- Belle’s mom is MIA
Little Mermaid- not really sure what happened to Ariels’s mom
Princess and the Frog- We never really see Tiana’s mother either.
Bambi- mother shot dead on camera
Pinocchio- Geppetto is unmarried. No wooden puppet mom.
Tangled- Rapunzel is brought up by an evil woman claiming to be her mother.
Cinderella- Step mother is evil, locks up Cinderella.
Aladdin- Jasmine’s mom is also dead.
Ratatoille: No mother rat anywhere to be found.
Can you see what I mean? I’m not sure what Disney has against mother figures in their ANIMATED CHILDREN’S MOVIES.
Despite Nemo’s dead mom, we had a great Mother’s Day. Jazz always takes time to “help” Isabelle make a card for me with her fingerprints or hand print or messy scribbles. It is my favorite. I feel like a real mom when I have artwork hanging on my fridge.
I made myself a triple lemon cake with lemon glaze, lemon cream cheese filling and lemon butter cream frosting. One of the most amazing things I have eaten in a long time. The recipe calls for lemonade concentrate in the batter, in the glaze, and in the filling. After the cake cools, you poke holes in the top and pour the glaze over the cake and let it sit over night. TOTALLY WORTH THE TIME.