“You threaten my son, you threaten me.”
-Leigh Anne Tuohy
The Blind Side
In my country, today is what we call “Mother’s Day.” The idea, as the name suggests, is to honor our mothers, remember them, thank them, tell them we love them.
I could think of nothing more appropriate than a quote that sums up what a mother feels.
In the story, Leigh Anne has adopted a young black boy, Michael, and now her son is lost in an unsavory corner of town. She’s dealing with some old, much more unsavory, acquaintances of Michael’s, who harassed him earlier, making lewd insinuations and threats. He showed them what he thought of that, and they did not do so well. Now they’re angry, and when Leigh Anne comes looking for Michael, they threaten to hurt him the next time they see him. She takes issue with that, and without hesitation or concern for herself, tells them they had best stay away from her family if they know what’s good for them. She begins with the above quote, and by the end, she’s successfully cowed them.
It’s a glaring contrast with the gang’s attitude, where no one is loyal to anyone. No one loves anyone enough to be that loyal.
But a mother does.
My mom loves me, and I love her.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.