#1 She’s Rory’s biggest fan
Lorelai showered Rory with all the love and support she possibly could as she was growing up, teaching her to be fiercely independent, and to never succumb to the pressure of fitting in.
Through the good and the bad, Lorelai was Rory’s most ardent supporter, and never for a moment allowed her to doubt herself – even when the pressure of doing well at school seemed to wear her down. She encouraged Rory to make her own choices and was always there to push her to fulfil her potential.
#2 She puts her daughter first
Lorelai was notorious for not getting along with her family, and would do just about anything to avoid them – but when the future of Rory’s education was at stake, she immediately swallowed her pride to ask them for a loan.
As time went on, she saw that it wasn’t right for her to deny her parents the relationship they deserved with their granddaughter, and made it a point to commit to Friday night dinners with them from them on.
#3 Her door is always open
From the get go, Lorelai created an environment with an emphasis on open communication, and she and Rory talked a lot. What’s special about their relationship is that she never made Rory feel like she couldn’t tell her anything, no matter how sensitive the topic was.
From first loves, friendship problems, to Rory’s troubles at Yale, she made it clear that she was always ready for Rory to seek her out for advice as both a mother and a friend.
#4 She shares her passions
When you look at Rory, it’s evident that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree – from her piercing blue eyes, her hopeless addiction to coffee, her penchant for junk food, all the way to her ability to fire witty remarks at the drop of a hat.
Lorelai understood that her relationship with her daughter was of utmost importance, and took it upon herself to share the things she loved as a way to bring them closer together.
Perhaps her greatest passion of all was her love for stories – she knew there was nothing that said ‘quality time’ better than to binge-watch films and tv shows with Rory for hours on end. Now we know where Rory’s impressive grasp of pop culture references (dated or not) come from.