It’s hard to ignore the influence our moms have on our lives, especially when your mother may be absent in your life. Take Angelina Jolie, whose mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of cancer in 2007 and yet still remains present in Jolie’s life. In a new interview with Elle France, Jolie opened up about how she misses her mom, especially now that she’s a mother herself.
One thing Jolie stressed in the interview was that Bertrand would have “thrived as a grandmother” to the six kids she shares with Brad Pitt. “I know how much she would have contributed to their lives and I am sad they will miss out on that,” Jolie added. “I would give anything for her to be with me at this time. I’ve needed her. I talk to her often in my mind and try to think what she might say and how she might guide me.”
It really makes you wonder how much Bertrand influenced Jolie’s approach to parenting, as Entertainment Tonight puts it. This influence appears to be one that views her children as “the greatest gift and responsibility,” as Jolie states, and stresses the importance of listening as she raises her kids.
“I try to lead by example, being conscious of others and being responsible, and to help them have a broader view of the world,” she explained. “But really the only way I know to raise them is to really listen. It’s perhaps the most important thing any parent can do. They are resilient children but they are children, and as much as they need help to understand the hard truths in life, they also need what we all need — protection and love.”
Thanks for the reminder to appreciate our moms just as much today as we do on Mother’s Day, Angelina Jolie.