A popularity contest between Monica and Augustine?
The March 5th contest is between Augustine of Hippo and his mother, Monica. (Actually the contest spells her name as “Monnica,” which has some archaeological evidence, but is terribly pretentious.)
As I commented at Victoria’s blog, that is just rude! Really, having a man compete against his mother? One thing is for sure, the author’s of this popularity contest must not be Italian. What is one supposed to do – be chivalrous and vote for the fellow’s man, or be literary and vote for the son?
BLT co-blogger Suzanne sees Monica as the anti-feminist choice:
Can’t say I have too much sympathy for Monica either. That’s the trouble when women need to live their lives vicariously through a man.
and Victoria agrees, calling her “the patron saint of helicopter parents.”
On a related note, see also my comments earlier today about Kate Stone Lombardi’s forthcoming book. I wonder if she talks about the Monica-Augustine relationship.