TLC's show 'sMothered' features 68-year-old Marcia Galan and her daughter Alena who share a very unconventional bonding ritual.
We all know how some people treat their pets like their children. But it's not often you see parents treat their children like pets. And one mother has admitted that she wakes her 21-year-old daughter by "licking her like a puppy" every morning. They are one of six mother-daughter duos with bizarre habits who are the cast of TLC's sMothered.
The relationship between a daughter and her mother is always special. It gets better with age when you develop a friendship as adults and feel closer than ever. Having a special bond with your mother is great. Unless it's like the extreme bond the mothers and daughters of the show sMothered has with each other. They bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "like mother, like daughter" and it's not as endearing as one would expect.
One mother-daughter duo the show features are 68-year-old Marcia Galan and her daughter and "best friend" Alena. They do everything together and share a very close bond with each other. "My relationship with her is unique," Marcia said and went on to explain. "In the mornings I walk into her room and I just lick her all up. She kept pestering me for a puppy and I couldn't get her a puppy, so I turned into the doggy. Alena tastes pretty good and all sweet, I just want to eat her all up." This unconventional bonding ritual may seem strange to others but for Alena, it's a way to feel close to her mom, according to the Daily Mail.
As a baby, Alena, who was born in Siberia, Russia was adopted by Marcia. She has had an enzyme deficiency ever since she was a child. And this brought the two of them closer. "I love it when my Mamma licks me, it kind of makes me feel closer to her because we're doing something funny and out of the ordinary," Alena said. "It's a thing we do every single day." But their morning routine doesn't end just yet. Once Alena is up, the mother and daughter then play tag with each other, taking turns to be it. "When I catch my Mamma I do all my kissy-poos and I kiss her all up," Alena stated. "She’s very kissable!"
While it may seem odd for the two women to be doing this, the chasing started in a more endearing way. Marcia used it as a way of increasing Alena's stamina that was always low because of her enzyme deficiency. They would chase each other around and this helped Alena grow as a child. But the routine has stuck, and the pair continue to chase each other regularly to this day, as per Metro. Marcia acknowledges that their relationship may seem odd to many people but she wouldn't have it any other way. "Some people don't agree or they wonder what is wrong with her," she said and added that she will continue to share the close bond she has with Alena.
"I love the idea as she's growing up of being able to do all those silly things," she said. "It's getting a little tricky as she's getting older, but we still do all the same antics and we still play the same games and we have fun."
Marcia and Alena's fun and games may just seem tame compared to some other mother-daughter duos on the show. Considering there are mothers and daughters who shower together and even share the same bathwater together, this may not even seem that shocking. Fifty-five-year-old Mary said, "The best way to start our day is in the shower. I love her and I don't see anything wrong with it. I have been helping Brittani take showers since she was five; I'm just a doting mother!" Brittani is 19 years old and thinks it's a great way to spend time with her mom.
Me and my mom watch #sMothered in mute horror. A mom wakes her daughter up by licking her face, we make eye contact in shock. That's not even the weirdest thing a mother and daughter have done on this show.— Kaitlin Bird (@sakaw_iskwew) May 25, 2020