Am I the only one who actually loves Monica? Like sure she was a pretty shitty parent, like really really shitty, but there’s just something about her that makes you not hate her as much as you want to. Like in most cases, you can tell she generally loves and cares for her kids, considering her circumstances. She eventually came to them in s1 because even though she fucked up with most of the kids, she knew she could’ve had a fresh start with Liam. She wanted a chance to prove to herself that she could do it. She eventually gave Liam back because she knew where his family was and it wasn’t with her. She knew he would’ve been in better hands with them than with her. She went to the psych ward in s2 because she knew she needed help, she wanted to get it so she could finally be the parent they needed. She eventually left in s2 because she knew that she couldn’t provide for them and care for them like Fiona could. She left FOR them because she knew that being around them would cause even more trouble and Fiona already had enough on her plate. She came back in s5 because Ian needed her, he needed someone who understood and who would listen. She came back in s7 because she knew she was dying and she needed to be with her family one last time before she went because she cares about them. No, she wasn’t the ideal mother, but she did try. She missed out on a lot, but anytime her kids wanted or needed her and she was around, she was there for them. Going to Carl’s football game, watching scary movies with Debbie, Carl, and Liam at 2 in the morning, when Ian contacted her to come get him from the military prison, when Debbie needed help to get Franny back from Derek’s family, she was there. She made the most out of those times because she never knew if she was gonna have that again. She knew they would probably one day come to resent her so she did what she could in the times that she was there. She had some pretty low moments too, but she was only human.