Friday, July 08, 2016

Oy With The Poodles Already

This post was originally published on She Did What She Wanted

When it comes to female characters in TV shows and movies, there are a fair few that I absolutely adore, but there is one who stands out above all. If I could pick a favourite TV show growing up it would be the Gilmore Girls, and back in my teens I would have picked Rory Gilmore as my favourite in the show, but not now.

My love for Lorelai Gilmore was always there, but having re-watched the show in my twenties really solidified that love. For those of you who haven’t seen the show (have you been living under a rock?!), it’s the story of Lorelai and Lorelai “Rory” Gilmore, a mother and daughter duo, and their lives in Stars Hollow. Lorelai had Rory at age 16 and refused to marry Rory’s father, Christopher, which was what her parents wished. Instead, a year after Rory was born, she left home and brought her up on her own, with the help of Stars Hollow citizens.

Lorelai was (and hopefully still is, if the revival goes right) a woman who wasn’t scared of following her dreams. That was something she passed onto Rory, and even though she had her own dreams for her daughter, she knew how important it was to support her daughter’s dreams, too. She was a woman who fought for what she believed in and worked hard to get to where she wanted to be. She was a successful businesswoman; she worked her way up from being a maid at the Independence Inn to being the manager before opening an inn of her very own. One of the key moments for me in the show was when Lorelai went to community college to get the degree she never had the chance to get. It was important to her, and the look of pride on her face as she graduated was beautiful to see.

Lorelai was a wonderful mother to Rory. She treated her as a friend and was there to support her right from the start. She worked hard to create a life for the two of them, and she did all she could to give Rory a great childhood. Although she worked hard, when it came to paying for Rory’s education, Lorelai worked past her poor relationship with her parents to ask them for the money that she knew she didn’t have. Doing that, which was something that she hoped she’d never have to do, showed how much she put Rory first and showed her love for her.

One of the things that is important to me as a person is being independent. Lorelai was definitely independent. Leaving her parents home a year after Rory was born and then raising her alone was only the beginning. From that moment, she showed her independence creating the life that she did for her and Rory, and also showed independence when it came to love. She fell in love, but when it was too much she said so, and when things weren’t going right she stopped them. She didn’t need to be in a relationship constantly, she didn’t need to be dependent on another person, and that is how I believe life should be.

Most of all, I think that not only was Lorelai an incredible woman who was charming, beautiful and witty, but she taught me one of the most important things I could learn in life. She taught me that even though there are people out there who I can look up to or aspire to be, the most important thing in my life is to never give up on my dreams. She taught me to keep working to be who I want to be and that as much as I would love to be her, it’s more important for me to follow my own path, and have the life that I dream of. She taught me that it was important to be independent, because people don’t always stick around, and she taught me to just be myself.

I’m extremely excited to see how Lorelai is portrayed in the revival, and how much has changed in her life. The last we saw was Rory going off into the world on her first proper job, so it’d be interesting to see what Lorelai’s life was like without Rory close by. I know how much the actors adored the show, and I can only hope that Amy Sherman-Palladino and Lauren Graham bring back the Lorelai Gilmore that I love.

Oy with the poodles already!
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