So I’ll start off by saying that in my headcanon, Tuckers are infamous in Park County for being pretty trashy—not as bad as the McCormicks but close. Craig’s parents are actually way more well off and way more functional than most other Tuckers. Which actually isn’t saying a lot, because Craig’s family is still pretty low income, and they still have their problems and stuff.
Something about Craig’s parents I wanna get out of the way first: Thomas isn’t Craig’s biological father. He is however, still the only father Craig has ever known. There’s no real weirdness about this in the family, it’s nothing that upsets Craig, it’s just a simple fact. It doesn’t affect how much they all love each other.
Alright. Mrs. Tucker. I call her Susan. I think of her as one of the youngest moms out of all the kids. Her and Thomas married when she was probably about 20 or so.
Thomas is a good few years older than Susan. They dated while Susan was still in high school, but her parents and all of her friends had a huge problem with it, not only because he was much older, but because he was a Tucker. They eventually broke up once Thomas left town for a couple of years for a job opportunity.
Susan dated around for a while after high school, and eventually ended up with another long term relationship. It was unfortunately, a really shitty relationship. Around the time she decided she wanted out of it, she found out she was pregnant. She figured she was trapped and she was going through a really tough time at that point. After deciding that staying with that guy was her best option, he just suddenly up and left her. He couldn’t deal with the pregnancy.
Then, Thomas came back to town. He asked her out again almost as soon as he was back, and they got back together after the first date, because obviously they still loved each other. As soon as Thomas found out she was pregnant, he proposed to her. They figured if they could end up getting married before she had the baby, they wouldn’t have to worry about the town gossiping about them.
The two of them love each other very much, but unfortunately as time passed, they developed a pretty rocky relationship. They’re not very well off, so money problems often put a heavy strain on their family. Susan is pretty aggressive, while Thomas is rather passive, so unfortunately they have a lot of fights that will drag on for days. There have been times where Susan has even kicked him out before.
However, they always make up and get back together. It’s tough on their kids when they fight, but Craig and Ruby are pretty resilient kids, in fact I think their fighting affects Craig a lot more than Ruby. I think Ruby realizes it’s always gonna blow over, while Craig always assumes the worst.
They realize it’s not fair to their children when they fight, but they’re doing the best they can, and they do love Craig and Ruby. I see them always trying to make it up to the kids when stuff like that happens.
I dunno. I have some more headcanon for Susan specifically but that’s all I’ll go into for now.
So yeah. They have their problems, but they also have a lot of love for each other and for their kids.