Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I Remember Mama - Lessons from a Norwegian Family in 1910

This past Mother's day, I watched an old black- and- white movie, "I Remember Mama," starring Irene Dunne.  There are so many wonderful lessons you can glean from this movie. I'll share a little with you here:

1. The story is about a Norwegian Family, living in San Fransisco in 1910. There are 3 girls and 1 boy, along with Mama and Dad.

2. They are so careful with their money. Each week, Mama counts out the income and creates a pile for each expense, some for Elizabeth's shoes, some for the electric bill, etc. When the son asks if it is possible for him to attend high school, everyone in the family comes up with a sacrificial plan to provide the extra money to pay for this. Then Dad offers to give up his tobacco. I love how everyone  works hard to contribute to the needs of the entire family.

3. I loved watching Mother go about her household duties and solving problems with dignity.

4. Here's a bit of trivia: Aunt Trina was played by Ellen Corby, who, 24 years later, became the famous and beloved Grandma Walton!

This movie was made in 1948, and was inspired by a book by Kathryn Forbes, "Mama's Bank Account," written about her grandmother. I own a copy of this book and love it!  Later, there was a TV Show, sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee. My Mother loved to watch that program.

There are so many heartwarming scenes in this movie. I hope you can find a way to watch it!

Mrs. White


Deanna said...

Dear Mrs. White,
Blessings to you. Sounds like a movie I'd enjoy seeing. Will be on the look out for it.

Hope you had a great Mother's Day! God Bless,

Tracy said...

Both sound wonderful, Mrs. White! I'll be on the look out for them. :)

Joyce Ackley said...

Seems like there was also a weekly tv show about this family. I recall one episode in particular. If I remember correctly, the half-hour tv show was also called "I Remember Mama."
It was a long, long time ago...a long time...

Anonymous said...

I love this movie! I noticed that our local library carries it to rent.
I thought I was the only one who loved old movies like this. :-)

Lori said...

I bought the book on your suggestion and just loved it...I wanted more! Thank you!

Lynn said...

As a young girl I watched and loved I Remember Mama on TV...wishing my mom was like the lady in the show. Not that my mom wasn't a dear mother too...just that the TV mom was so sweet and patient. I also have the movie DVD and much preferred the lady who played Mama on the TV show.