|Mom stood by you even when you looked like this. Show her some love.|
As Mother's Day approaches, we're reminded of the tireless efforts of the women who lovingly raised us into the neuroses-plagued adults we are today. They cooked for us, they cleaned up after us, they dressed our wounds and taught us manners. And along the way, they left us with more than a few emotional battle scars.
But despite the many flaws of our maternal role models, most of us should thank our lucky stars. After all, it could have been worse. Much worse.
Just take a look at this list of abusers, murderers, and straight-up sociopaths. You'll be kissing your momma's feet in no time, even though you're still mad at her for dressing you up as a Care Bear on Halloween years ago.
|Ah, the serene visage of motherhood.|
10. If you're not old and boring like we are, you might not know about Mommy Dearest
the infamous memoir in which screen legend Joan
Crawford's daughter accused her of adopting children for publicity
purposes, having countless affairs with men (and women) and forcing her
kids to call them "uncle," and generally being an unbalanced, abusive
alcoholic. Picture perfect, she was not.
|Hatchlings: There can be only one.|
African Black Eagle (a bitchy bird if there ever was one) usually lays
two eggs, then proceeds to feed only one of the chicks. What happens to
the other feathered newborn? Its sibling pecks it to death, while mom
looks on, maternal instincts be damned.