Ordinary Mother’s Day

A reader writes:

I am still tired from Mother's day (kids ages 11, 8 and 6) and I enjoyed today's Mental Health Break. But any video that closes with Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People, where she's standing there next to her poor wounded son (Timothy Hutton) with that brittle, pasted-on smile, just doesn't feel like a celebration of motherhood. I need a Laura Petrie chaser now …

Ordinary People really is a masterpiece. How can something that close to camp be utterly sincere and convincing?