Nothing against real-life moms, of course. It’s just that the sitcom moms that June Cleaver epitomized were a different breed. A dream. A standard of maternal excellence that (as any kid back then might have hoped at bad moments) real-life moms should take a few lessons from. Why couldn’t every mom be as pretty as June? Why couldn’t every mom speak with that soothing voice? Why couldn’t real-life moms be as nicely turned out as June — always dressed for company, it seemed, even when she was tidying the house or in the kitchen baking a coconut cake? And how about that pearl necklace!

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