Ted finally met the Mother. That was the story we have been watching for the last nine years.
How I Met Your Mother debuted for us in 2005… And it was Awesome. And for nine years–NINE YEARS–Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have peeled back the onion layers of these five people’s lives to reveal to us who this mystery woman is.
It was a year ago where I sat on this very same couch and yelled out for all the world to hear, “Holy Shit!” They had just revealed the Mother. End of series you might think? Wrong! There was more to come.
Ted had not yet met the Mother… only we had. We the ever-omnipotent audience watching this whole story unfold, year after painstaking year every time asking ourselves… is this it? Does he really meet her this time?
And so we got one more season of How I Met Your Mother. One season spanning three days and beyond. It was on that third day that Ted met the mother of his precious children… Penny and Luke (if memory serves correct.)
And had it ended there, it would have been an ending tied up in a near little bow. But that is not how it went down. They told us the story of after, and SPOILER ALERT, it turns out that the Mother left us. And now the characters knew something that we didn’t know yet. The tables were finally turned. The Mother, Tracy Mosby nee McConnell passes away.
You see, kids, it turns out that life doesn’t end on the perfect moment. Life doesn’t end wrapped up with a neat little bow, all dressed up perfectly. It’s messy. People Change. Lives change. Plans change. The only constant in life, is change.
All through the series, Ted has been giving us life lessons hidden in the many chapters that were the story of how he met their mother. And he told that story beautifully, from start to finish. But Ted, as guided by his makers Carter and Craig, taught us one final life lesson: There is always hope for the future; there can still be good things ahead, even if it’s been in the rear view mirror the whole time.
Ted ends up with Robyn, or so we might think. We saw the nine year slice of life that was Ted’s pursuit for his soulmate, for the mother of his children. And he found her, and it was awesome, for a while at least. He lost her. But the future still has hope. A future with Robyn. And that, kids, is awesome too. True story.