On top of that, Time.com's list of 10 Best Mothers Ever included such pop culture gems as Gaia at number 3, and the Alien Queen Mother (from the Aliens movie) at number 10. I know - stupid, right?
Here's what the brainiacs at Time.com said about Gaia:
Greek gods and goddesses have their own set of morals that have nothing to do with how things roll in the world of mere mortals. So don't hold it against Gaia that she married her son Uranus (look it up, it's real), and had him later castrated — that's just how the Greek deities did their thing. What is important here is that Gaia, also known in English as Mother Earth, is responsible for the things we love on this planet. Things like: the oceans, the skies, the fields, the plains. Respect Mother Earth and you respect yourself.This is the same Gaia that also gives us earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and winter, isn't it? Or are those things the kind of chastisements a loving mother gives her kids to keep 'em in line? I dunno - Earth worship ain't my thing.
Regarding the Alien queen mum...
Fans of the Aliens movie franchise most likely remember the Queen alien as a force of intergalactic evil. True, she is the mother who lays the molten eggs, which eventually turn into lots of mean little buggers that seem to exist solely to torment Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and kill everyone close to her. But what is the Queen really doing when she spews acidic saliva and hurls her inner mandibles toward a human's neck? She's protecting her babies, trying to find them safe haven and nutritious food to make them grow into big, strong healthy aliens. Like all good moms, she will take out anyone who is a threat. Focused (perhaps to a fault) on guarding her young, she is the ultimate mother warrior. And she doesn't even expect her kids to buy her flowers on Mother's Day. Now, that's a champ.Perhaps it's all tongue in cheek, but the thought of admiring an alien as a Great Mother leaves me wondering - does the author have mommy issues or something?
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms who didn't make the lists - I'm sure you're grateful.