I suppose the kids were right, in its totality, the entire series really was the story of Ted loving Robyn. But that’s exactly why I feel duped and cheated. It’s almost like it makes the mother an after thought…and she wasn’t. IMO, Tracy was much better suited to Ted than Robyn. And yes, Ted is such a romantic, and in real life you can certainly have more than one “true” love. But this is TV - I want the fairy tale ! I feel like that ending turned the mother into just a “mother” and a stop gap on the way to the Ted/Robyn happily ever after. Tracy deserved better darn it.
Honestly, I think the show just lasted too long. I mean, I like that they knew exactly where they were going from the beginning. But having to find story for all those years, and keeping Robyn and Ted apart, really cheapened their rooting value. And having Ted’s relationship with Tracy be just snippets (of what appeared to be a truly wonderful love story) before she dies, then three minutes later he’s running back to Robyn cheapened their story. Knowing how they were going to end things, this entire last season should have been about Ted and Tracy together before her death, then Ted grieving, and finally with Robyn’s help (and love) finding a way to move on.