Tuesday’s Coffee Klatch – Five Characters Who Parent Memorably

Jan 8, 2013 by

Tuesday’s Coffee Klatch – Five Characters Who Parent Memorably

Hello, there! I’m Toddie, your hostess with the mostest for a new weekly segment on my blog, Tuesday’s Coffee Klatch.

Here’s the hook. You know how you read a book or see a movie and think to yourself, “Now THERE’S a character I could hang out with?” (Please say you do this. I can’t be the only person who thinks these things…) Well, I’m going to start throwing together characters who I think would combine in interesting, perhaps even volatile, ways.

For today’s coffee klatch I’ve invited parents from literature, movies and television who have made an impact on me in some way, positive or negative. Please welcome:

Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird): Coffee, black. Now, Harper Lee‘s novel is brilliant. Seriously, if you’ve never read it, you must. But for me, all I see when I read this name is Gregory Peck in the movie. And he IS the dad of all dads. Wise, protective, loving, the Platonic ideal of a dad. Might be a little boring to talk to all on his own, though, which is why I’m throwing in…

Morticia Addams (The Addams Family): Nightshade tea. Here, I envision the Morticia as played by Carolyn Jones in the original television series, which warped my mind in the best ways as a child. She encouraged her children to be independent and free thinkers, even if that meant blowing up the house every now and again.

Ned Stark (Game of Thrones): Ale. It doesn’t matter that it’s only 3 pm.  Now, I realize this is heresy in some circles, but I have come to Game of Thrones only through the HBO series, not the George R.R. Martin books (my husband assures me that the books are even better). But seriously, a dad who would have his son watch a beheading as a life lesson is a dad who takes his parenting seriously, for darn sure.

Margaret White (Carrie): Water. Now, I admit, I had to go to Wikipedia for this character’s name. All I knew was that it was Carrie’s mother. She scared the crap out of me when I first read Stephen King‘s novel, and scared me no less when I saw Piper Laurie play her in the movie. But while she may be cray-cray, you cannot argue the point that she is passionate about her kind of bad mothering.

Virginia Chance (Raising Hope): Venti Caramel Latte (as long as someone else is buying). Raising Hope is currently my favorite family show on television right now, and Martha Plimpton‘s portrayal of the mom, Virginia, is a large reason why I love it so much. She is bawdy, selfish, funny as all get out, and eager to pawn off her responsibilities for a chance to sit down with a beer and just chill, but totally committed to her family.

Send me your comments about how you think this get-together might go, sample dialogue, or ideas for future coffee klatches. Who would YOU like to see meet for some caffeine?