Mother’s Day can be tough for a lot of children. When you don’t have a mother around to gift with flowers or a John Denver: Greatest Hits CD you found , last-minute, at the gas station, it can be a horribly painful 24 hours that you just want to end. Well, Angelina Jolie wrote about that feeling in an op-ed for The New York Times. In it, she talks about her own mother, and the plight of all mothers around the world. And, she didn’t forget to throw in a jab at her deadbeat dad.
Angie’s essay, published on Saturday, chronicles the struggles faced by her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who basically raised her and her kissing partner brother, James Haven, alone. Marcheline died of ovarian cancer in 2007.
Angelina Jolie writes, “To the mothers everywhere who feel helpless — yet who still give every last bit of energy, every last bite of food and the only blanket to their children — I honor you.”https://t.co/oHuDojYJW9
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 10, 2020
Angie Jo even recalls all of the displaced mothers she’s met around the world during her time as a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, offering the lessons she learned.
“This Mother’s Day, I think of refugee mothers I have met, living in poverty and displacement…every one began her journey of motherhood with a promise to do all she could to protect her child. To lay down her life if necessary. And if she is defeated and silenced, few things are more tragic.”
And, of course, she gave a sweet shout out to the child army for making her a better person.
“I’ve come to believe that a mother is the strongest person on earth,”
Lastly, but certainly not least, Angelina makes reference to her estranged father, actor and race relations-expert, Jon Voight, who most likely doesn’t subscribe to “the failing, fake news” New York Times (and is probably sipping a cup of Sanka while reading MAGA message boards at this very moment). In it, she coolly states that Jon’s cheating ass seriously messed up her mother:
“When my father had an affair, it changed [my mother’s] life. It set her dream of family life ablaze. But she still loved being a mother. Her dreams of being an actor faded as she found herself, at the age of 26, raising two children with a famous ex who would cast a long shadow on her life.”
And if you’re wearing a Team Aniston t-shirt still, you’re probably side-eying that thing about an affair. But this probably explains why Jon only gets invited to the Jolie dinner table once every five years.