Happy Mother’s Day!

Yesterday, was a day set aside to celebrate mothers everywhere and I thought, that means Dramaland too, right? However, my initial thought on the subject was mothers that inspired me, mothers that perhaps we wanted to take home or learn a few things from ourselves… But unfortunately, while perusing my drama list, I didn’t find many mothers in drama that actually fit that description. So I’ve chosen to spin my post in a different direction.

No, I’m not going to talk about the worst mothers in drama land, though there are a plenty, I’m actually just going to give a run down of mother’s that piqued my interest, that perhaps I liked when no one else did, or understood or could relate to as women.

Mothers are women. That’s not a novel idea but it is a fact that is forgotten more than taken into account. For once a woman becomes a mother, she’s a mother for life. And womanhood gets replaced by the needs, thoughts or whims of others. Therefore, while I looked across the drama moms I loved, loved to hated and just plain abhorred,  I tried to take into account their femininity, their station as women, and then apply that to their actions as mothers.

So for the rest of the week I plan to highlight a mother that struck me from that point of view.

Intriguing Drama Mom #7

Yamada Satomi (Nogiwa Yoko)- The Trick series

Trick is one of those dramas that if you like it, you love it, if not, oh well. And I just love it! I can’t get enough and could watch Nakama and Abe solve mysterious swindles for the next 20 years. But when thinking about mothers, Naoko’s mother,  Yamada Satomi, is no better than the criminals Naoko and Ueda set out to take down, season after season, film after film, however, she always finds a way to set herself apart. Basically, she uses her keen sense of perception to swindle thousands of her lonely neighbors or local residents out of their savings on the guise of whatever love, fortune-telling or match making scene she’s come up with at present. It’s hysterical, at best but also makes Naoko the observer and jaded character she is, which sets her up as the best partner in the world to Ueda.

Yamada Satomi is savvy and quick, whether it be intellectual or physical. As a woman, I find her to be fascinating because though she isn’t the most honest or forthright business woman, she is unapologetic of this fact. She’s very content with who she is and how she’s perceived. Her relationship with Naoko is also interesting, for there is a distance between them as mother and daughter (probably due to the death of Naoko’s father) but there is also a great respect shown by both women. Satomi is a very wise woman and fairly snarky but she commands respect in a way that is jolting yet comforting. In many ways, she has taken on the role of matriarch in her small family with purpose, therefore, it’s hard not to esteem her for that.

For example, Satomi lost her husband and makes a living proudly but never wants her daughter to compromise herself for monetary gain. I wouldn’t call that pride, for she and Naoko love money too much for that, but I would say it’s a mother’s love and dream for her child. No matter how she and Naoko may differ, in values and morals, it’s clear that Satomi has purposely paved the opportunity for Naoko to have choices in her life. Satomi enjoys her way of living but has made difficult choices so that her daughter doesn’t have to.

Ultimately, that best way to view a mother is through her children and Yamada Naoko is quite great herself. For, no matter how much she may cringe at her mother’s occupation, she emulates her in sharp thinking and persistence. Truth be told, without Naoko, Ieda would never solve a case, nor continue on his path as a creditable Professor turned author of debunking spiritual phenomena. Satomi may not be an ideal mother, but in the end she raised a child that is independent, determined and perceptive, for that, I think you can say she did pretty well.


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