Mothering, according to Mrs. Darling


Since tomorrow is Mother’s Day here in the UK, I thought it would be nice to share how Mrs. Darling does it. Yes, JM Barrie’s Mrs. Darling, mother to Wendy, John and Michael in the much-loved classic Peter Pan.


Picture credit here.

Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter Pan when she was tidying up her children’s minds.  It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.  If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it every interesting to watch her.  It is quite like tidying up drawers.  You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight.  When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.

While I know it sounds a bit like the nosy kind of mothering (smothering), the kind who goes through her children’s things and reads through their journals, I still find it sweet though – the words and how it was written.  Don’t you think?

Happy Mother’s Day not only to the mothers out there, but as well as to women who have been like mothers to others!

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