Thank You, 'Gilmore Girls,' For Portraying A Mother-Daughter Relationship That I Can Relate To

Thank You, 'Gilmore Girls,' For Portraying A Mother-Daughter Relationship That I Can Relate To

Being raised by a single mom was as cool as the show makes it seem to be.

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My parents divorced when I was younger and I ended up living with my mom after because my dad's job made him move two hours away. My brother eventually went on to live with my dad, so it was just my mom and me for most of my younger years. My mom and I have always had a good relationship. I always thought of her as my best friend because I felt like I could tell her anything and it was almost always just the two of us.

I remember while growing up that some of my friend's parents judged my mom for being a single parent. They thought that just because it was my mom and I that meant that I was going to get into trouble and be a bad influence on their kids, so I wasn't able to go to some of my friends' houses because of it. I wasn't a "bad" kid though. I often chose to stay home and read a book or watch a movie with my mom rather than go and hang out with my friends.

My mom and I had a thing where every Sunday we would order something in, like Chinese take-out or pizza, and would watch movies on TV all day. My friends always thought it was weird that I chose to hang out with my mom, but I thought it was the coolest thing. I didn't understand why everyone didn't hang out with their parents more or tell them the things going on in their lives.

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I started watching "Gilmore Girls" every day after school on ABC Family when I was about in fifth grade. Rory was a character I found myself relating too and I had never seen that before. Finally, there was a girl on TV who loved to read books as much, maybe more, than I did and she was best friends with her mom! It felt like I was watching my life unfold on TV for an hour after school—except she had rich grandparents, an uninvolved dad, and more boyfriends than I had, but still, she was like me. Lorelai and my mom are very similar too; both incredibly outgoing, independent, former rebels, who actively tried to not raise their children like their mothers did. Lorelai and Rory were like us, and my mom and I loved the show because of it.

I finally didn't feel like I was weird anymore. There was proof that there had to be other girls that felt the same way I did about my mom and it was being shown on one of the most popular shows of the time.

When the "Gilmore Girls" reboot was announced, my mom and I were thrilled. We texted about it constantly and kept each other updated on the news that we heard and our theories as to what we thought would happen. When it finally premiered, while we weren't happy with everything that happened in it, it still felt like we were catching up with old friends. "Gilmore Girls" will always be a show my mom and I can watch together and joke about no matter how many times we've seen each episode.

My mom and I

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Motherhood Gives Women Skills That Are Beneficial No Matter Where Life Them

I believe that the impeccable and sublime phase of motherhood is what actually causes a young girl to fully blossom into a vibrant young woman.

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Growing up shouldn't necessarily mean moving onto the next level in your life and becoming completely mature for your age. Actually, it should also be a "glowing" phase in your life. Honestly, I have been under the impression that growing only refers to aging physically and the eventual understanding of a person's countless responsibilities/duties.

However, I have begun to realize what the "glowing" aspect of growing actually means. It is when a young girl gets married and then proceeds towards the next phase of life called motherhood. This is exactly when the evolution of the young girl actually begins.

I believe that the impeccable and sublime phase of motherhood is what actually causes a young girl to fully blossom into a vibrant young woman. I'm saying this due to my recent conversation with my mother, aunt, and grandma. I began by asking them what was the most fruitful journey in your life? All of them answered by saying that motherhood shaped their life extensively and further provided them with another full-fledged reason to live.

In other words, they have briefly mentioned that babies are just like flowers that have to be nurtured immensely in order to fully bloom. After hearing this, I have fully understood why women tend to glow the most when they are expecting! In fact, the biological process of creating life and then bringing a couple's symbol of love into the world is indeed an amazing feat.

It is astonishing how motherhood can change a woman's life remarkably. During our conversation, I was able to learn how much hard work is dedicated toward nourishing a child and their overall upbringing. I'm forever grateful for what my mom has done for me and is still doing for me till this day. It takes an enormous amount of stamina and courage to effectively bring up a child and I have carefully observed my mother throughout the years. Essentially, women are no longer completely free to behave irrationally and impatiently. Motherhood exposes them to many life-changing skills, many of which revolve around time management and patience.

On the other side of the spectrum, once a woman becomes a mother, they have to make some important career-changing decisions. Many mothers become working mothers and some become stay-at-home mothers for some time. Some mothers tend to devote most of their time playing and taking care of their children just like my mother and grandma. Whereas, many women are awesome at both balancing work and their motherly responsibilities.

I'm from the school of thought that women are free to decide what they want best and they shouldn't be restrained from venturing out and advancing in their careers. Excelling in their careers is an incredible delight if they have full support from their family and are able to actively balance both responsibilities.

A mother's love is unconditional and we will always be indebted to them for bringing us into the world. Finally, I would like to give a shout out to all the amazing super-women out there who have proved to be affectionate, creative, and impressive role-models for their children!

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