“Pearl isn’t a good mom to Steven! She only loved Rose and doesn’t actually think of Steven as a kid to care for. She only wanted to protect the remains of Rose Quartz!”
Yeah no. Are you sure you’re talking about Pearl?
Pearl, who’s usually the first to rush to Steven after something dangerous happened and ask if he’s okay.
Pearl, who thinks of Steven as “sweet, considerate, and only occasionally obnoxious” and became a sobbing wreck when she tried to stop Steven’s aging.
Pearl, who wants to show Steven real swordfighting and gets herself stabbed in the process.
Pearl, who feels herself inadequate and weak compared to her physically stronger friends, but wants to inspire Steven, be his “rock”, and teach him to be strong in the real way.
Pearl, who wants to see space so bad and show Steven what it’s like that she nearly got herself and Steven killed, but decides that she prefers Earth, with Steven.
Pearl, who along with Amethyst and Garnet decide to fuse into one so that Steven can have a proper mom to show Connie’s parents, despite the fact that she thinks they should only fuse in deadly situations.
Pearl, who wants to boost Steven’s confidence, but also feels incredibly proud of him, knowing that he’s come so far already.
Pearl, who, knowing that Steven doesn’t want to see Connie after the events of “Jail Break”, distracts Connie (to the best of her admittedly abyssal ability) while Steven leaves the house.
Pearl, who is the first to admit that they, the Gems, have been working Steven too hard after their defeat of Jasper.
Pearl, who loves Steven, who is occasionally overbearing and overprotective of him, but always had good intentions.
Yes, Garnet may be a better mother figure as she lets Steven test his abilities rather than prevent him from doing dangerous tasks like Pearl does, but Pearl always means well, and she cares for Steven like a protective mother does. She cares for Steven, not only what was left of Rose Quartz. She loves the kind and cheerful bouncy boy in a different way than she loves the courageous, brilliant, and beautiful figure of Rose Quartz.