Created By: SaraJaye on March 2, 2013

Mother's Day Woe

Kid who lacks a mother is left out on Mother's Day or other related event

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Having a Missing Mom is tough stuff, and everyone knows it. Especially during Mother's Day or whenever there's a Mother-child event to be had and that particular kid has to watch everyone else and their moms enjoying themselves. Note that anytime this trope is in place it's only one kid in an entire class or group lacking a mom.

Examples:

  • Grace Sheffield in The Nanny is almost kicked out of a mother-daughter talent show for entering with Fran, her nanny, who's taking the place of her dead mother.
  • Michelle Tanner on Full House is unable to be the mommy while playing house because she doesn't have one.
  • In a Mother's Day centered Baby Sitters Club book, Mary Anne becomes sad whenever the conversation drifts to Mother's Day gifts. She finally decides to solve the problem by giving her father a gift, since he's functioned as both a mother and a father to her since she was little.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • March 8, 2013
    SaraJaye
    Another Full House example: Stephanie feels left out of a mother-daughter sleepover due to her lack of a mother, Becky being unable to make it in time to be substitute mommy and Joey doing a poor job as a Becky substitute to the point where Stephanie leaves the party in tears. DJ ends up taking over for Joey and all ends well.
  • March 8, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • Rugrats In Paris opens with Chuckie being left out of a dance for kids and their moms. It also leads his dad to notice this and consider remarrying to provide someone for his kid.
  • March 8, 2013
    Alega5
    • In Heartcatch Pretty Cure, a classmate of the Precures had a little sister who was upset because she couldn't give a flower to their long gone mother on Mother's Day. Later on the little sister accuse the bigger one that she didn't care that there mother was gone but truly was hurt about but kept those feelings inside so she could better raise her little sister
  • March 8, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Sometimes something similar happens around Thanksgiving or Christmas, where there's a character without family (or far away from family) who's depressed, or finds others (even strangers) to celebrate with. It doesn't look like we have tropes that cover that.
  • March 8, 2013
    randomsurfer
    I've also seen this with a lack of father as the woe of the day. Is there a reason it's limited to mothers?
  • March 9, 2013
    SaraJaye
    Oh, it doesn't need to be. I just don't remember any father examples myself.
  • March 9, 2013
    Antonymous
    Also someone lacking a partner on Valentine's Day. This trope could be even more general -- it could cover anyone left out of a celebration because it doesn't apply to them, if there are non-relationship-based examples.
  • March 9, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    How about Holiday Loneliness Blues or something like that?
  • March 10, 2013
    Terrane
    • The first season finale of Suburgatory was set on Mother's Day and focused on how Tessa was feeling left out.
  • March 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons: One boy is bummed because his father is in prison and so he can't go on the Boy Scouts father-and-son rafting trip. The scouts get him a Celebrity Guest Dad: Earnest Borgnine.
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