(otherwise known as, 16 movies for mothers and daughters to watch on Mother's Day)
It's my second Mother's Day (fifth one, total) as the mother of a little girl. There's something I want to pass on to her (well, both of my children, actually).
Growing up my mom loved watching movies with her girls. Instead of binge watching entire seasons of "24," or "House of Cards," like one does today, back then we were obsessed with classics, like "Gone With the Wind," or "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," and musicals, like "Camelot," and "Oklahoma."
Lucky for me as a Cox Communications customer (and, yes, they are also a client), I can visit the Contour On Demand Video Library to access all of the Mother's Day movies I want. (And, if I'm being "real," I mostly use Voice Command to access most content.)
Holidays always marked an influx in the number of movies we would consume as a family. And, on extra special days, like Mother's Day, you could usually find us curled up on the couch, under a blanket, watching (or re-watching) our fave mother-daughter classics.
I don't know that we even knew we were starting a tradition back then, but nonetheless, year after year, we watched and snuggled and laughed and cried. The best part about it is that we were together. It wasn't a time for petty sister arguments or complaining to mom about what piece of trendy clothing just HAD to be in our closets. Nope, this was a time for being together as a family.
I want this with my own children. A Mother's Day tradition where for two hours we do nothing but sit. We sit and watch, letting ourselves get taken away to places, like Sweet Apple, Ohio or ancient Scotland. That for the rest of the day we can't get "that one song" out of our heads and we smile as hum it. It's my hope, then, when my children are older they will watch one of these movies and think of me, or maybe, if I'm lucky, pass the tradition on to other special people in their lives.
If you'd like to get in on the tradition, then I'd like to share my lovingly curated list of Mother-Daughter movies with you.
Here is my list of tissue-grabbing, laughing-so-hard-your-stomach-hurts and snuggle up with your fave blanket movies for Mother's Day:
- Freaky Friday
- Steel Magnolias
- Now and Then
- Grey Gardens
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Terms of Endearment
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back
- Penny Arcade
- Troop Beverly Hills
- Anne of Green Gables
- Hidden Figures
Guess what? I still get regular texts from mom when Turner Classic Movies is running a marathon of one of our fave actresses or movie genres. I guess a tradition doesn't have to be stuck to just one day, it's something special we share whenever the moment strikes.