Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Strong Mothers Are Strong

There was this one scene from Reply 1988 episode 5, where Sung Bora (the main female lead's sister) was going to be taken away by the police for protesting against the government. Her mother found her just right by the time she was going to be taken away, and she started this rant about how amazing Bora was, that she was not the person that the police were looking for.
The whole time Bora looked angry and uncomfortable, until she noticed that Mom only had socks on, with toes full of blood due to a recent tripped-accident.

In the end, Bora admitted that she is the one and that she is guilty, and went along peacefully with the police, along with her mother screaming and crying.
In the background, the adult Sung Bora voicing over the scene, and it really wrenched my heart.

"Sometimes, I felt like my mom was an embarassment. There were times when I couldn't understand why she doesn't seemed to have self-consciousness or a sense of pride, and I got angry. I didn't realize it then, but it was because there was something precious that she wanted to protect more than herself, and that is me. When true love manifests, it doesn't allow one to be concerned over one's pride, and causes one to cast it aside. That's why mothers are strong. They say God created mothers because they can't be everywhere at once. Even when one becomes a mother, one's mother is one's guardian angel, and even saying the word 'Mom' is something that has the power to tug at one's heartstrings. Mothers are always strong."

There goes the saying, "You wouldn't know what it feels like to be a mother until you become one." Thank you Reply 1988 for giving us the slight insight of what it feels like to be a mother. Mothers are prideless. Mothers are selfless. Mothers are strong.

It would not be perfect without John Mayer's quote of course.
"And girls become lovers, who turn into mothers. So mothers be good to your daughters too."


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