the best friends you’ll never have

My favorite parent in the BSC is Stacey’s mom, Maureen Spencer. I know that Stacey’s parents don’t seem to be the most well-liked in the BSC-iverse. Ed gets it worse than Maureen, though–workaholic dad who tries to buy Stacey’s love, hiding Samantha from Stacey while getting mad at Stacey for hiding Robert from him, etc.–but Maureen is often accused of being kind of golddigger, since she seemed to spend the months leading up to her divorce at Tiffanys.

Maybe she just had the mean reds?

But as someone else who also grew up with divorced parents and a workaholic dad (who also happened to work in New York City and has a new younger wife whose first name starts with “s,” etc.), I always liked Maureen and Stacey’s relationship. We saw more of Stacey and Maureen together than we did of any other Sitter and their parent(s), I think. They did things together like watch old movies and discuss things about their lives, and I appreciated seeing that.

Plus I liked Maureen’s attitude to the new circumstances of her life, going from a housewife to a career woman who didn’t need a boyfriend and wasn’t going to settle for just anyone. Even if they were pretty cute, like that John guy. Maureen seemed to embrace and even revel in her new situation, rather than retreating into depression and feeling sorry for herself.

Team Maureen.

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SJSiff said, December 1st, 2011 at 10:43 pm

You’re right; Maureen did a good job. I’m partial to Richard Spier and Elizabeth Thomas for similar reasons; doing what was necessary in difficult situations.

hobbes12 said, December 4th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I never thought about this before. I suppose Kristy’s mom? I really liked her in the early books and felt like you got to see a lot of her personality. I like what you wrote about Maureen though, I just think I never liked her much because I’m not into fashion and NYC.

maculae said, December 8th, 2011 at 1:00 am

I was definitely a Richard Spier fan. While Kristy’s mom changed for the worst post-Watson (adopting a girl without discussing it with the family??? WTF?), Richard didn’t change too much after marrying Sharon. And he tried his best to be a step dad to Dawn and Jeff.

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