This is day 9 of MidCenturyPage.com’s celebration of Moms in May. So far we’ve looked at moms from a positive lens. Rightly so. Yesterday we honored our moms by celebrating Mother’s Day. Most mid-century moms like today’s moms are nothing less than amazing. But I was able to find a few examples in my collection of mid-century Women’s Magazines that show moms in cringe-worthy moments. Here’s one of them. Let’s just say that this short story by Gertrude Carrick caused my 21st century sensitivities to soar. It tells the story of a mother of 3 who considered herself a good mother.
However, she shocked herself and onlookers when she threw her kids into the park fountain after a frustrating day.
I understand that it was written to be funny in an age where corporal punishment was more acceptable than it is today. Abusing a child no matter what the situation, or the decade is wrong and not at all funny.
Another part of the story mentions that she sent her children to the park to play while she cleaned the house. This is perhaps another then vs now situation where the then was acceptable while the now is neglect.
Want more cringe worthy mom moments? Check out the post on May 20th where I’ll share my very favorite then vs now OMG mid-century ad.
The short story is available for download below.