Ludwika Paleta has always been iconic — ever since her first acting role as the rich fresa kid on “Carrusel” (1989), everyone knew she had the talent to turn heads. Such is the case to this day in her most recent television series “Madre Solo hay Dos,” in which she plays the role of Ana, the poised and empowered chingona. Ah, how we love relatable television series!
However, the importance of this role is shifted and unheard of by Polish-Mexican actress Paleta, mainly because it deals with delicate situations that some traditional Latinx families still think of as “taboo.” I am referring to subjects surrounding but unhinged to untraditional family households, untraditional jobs, and, most importantly, LGBTQ+ relationships. Warning: spoilers ahead!
Here are five important lessons I learned from watching Netflix’s series “Madre Solo Hay Dos.”
Sometimes the “right” love isn’t the partner you married
We get that love is powerful. When you love someone, you eventually (sometimes immediately) devote your life to them. The problem here is when you don’t understand the act of impermanence. Now, I am not saying that your current partner isn’t going to be the person you’ll spend your entire life with. I am saying that change is inevitable, and if the need to change partners arise, it shouldn’t be frowned upon. Change is constant — and this also involves our romantic feelings.
Untraditional household families are okay
In the series, we see characters Mariana and Pablo navigate their new roles as parents in various unconventional ways. One of the ways is by living in a household apartment with roommates, including ex-partners and even new partners. If you’re used to living under your parents’ roof, you’d immediately suggest this is crazy. But seeing how they all helped each other out in some way or another, it’s not the worst-case scenario. Sometimes your friends end up becoming more of your family than your actual relatives.
You can’t always rely on your family, and that’s okay
People are busy — including your close loved ones. You can’t assume that they will always be available for unexpected visits and, in this case, unexpected babysitting. Babysitting is time, and time is money, y’all!
Parents can and will mess up. After all, they’re human
Throughout the two seasons, we often see the adults going through situations that make the whole family uncomfortable. But it happens. Nobody is perfect, and this includes those who you have always looked up to. From having affairs to falling in love with the “wrong” person to being slightly irresponsible, the season touches on unexpected circumstances that surely happen in real life. We’re not robots. We can only try our best each day.
You can and should ask for help
While Paleta’s character Ana has everything and, in hindsight, seems like the ideal woman in all categories, she still feels unsatisfied. She is introduced in season one as a chingona feminist worker who rarely asks for anything. As the plot unravels, you notice that she needs emotional, physical, and social help. She needs the support of loved ones, and while it’s not always easy for her to ask for it, she eventually lets her guard down and invites others in.
The first two seasons of “Madre Solo Hay Dos” are out now on Netflix — let’s hope there’s another!