I couldn’t sleep last night. I flipped through the stations. Jerry Maguire was on. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies and not just because I’m a single mom—I definitely like it more since becoming one, though. I laughed. I cried. I thought. I tweeted quotes. Tweepies RT’ed em.
All alone in my bed. JD was sound asleep. It got me thinking about other movies with single parent themes and memorable quotes that get me in the gut. And heart. And head. Have a look, popcorn preferable.
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Jerry (Tom Cruise): What do you know about dating a single mother?
Rod (Cuba Gooding Jr.): Oh I know plenty. I was raised by a single mother.
Jerry: Tell me, because it's been a month, and she's about to take another job in San Diego.
Rod: First, single mothers don't “date.” They have been to the circus, you know what I'm saying? They have been to the puppet show and they have seen the strings. You love her?
Jerry: How do I know?
Rod: You know when you know. It makes you shiver, it eats at your insides. You know?
Jerry: No, I don't know.
Rod: Then you gotta have The Talk.
Jerry: But I sure don't like that she's leaving.
Rod: Well, that ain't fair to her. A single mother, that's a sacred thing, man.
Jerry: The kid is amazing.
Why I love it: Purely for this line: Well, that ain't fair to her. A single mother, that's a sacred thing, man.
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