Drew Barrymore has always been one of my favourites. I think it’s because we’re almost the same age so I basically grew up watching her and following her life and her struggles that I not only enjoyed her as an actress, but I rooted for her as a person. She’s always been so happy and upbeat and likeable even though she struggled through more than most of us every will before she was out of her teens.
Drew has had quite the life, and she details most of it in her new memoir that was just released titled ‘Wildflower’. In the book that hits newsstands today, Drew opens up about her relationship with her mother Jaid, and surprisingly only has positive things to say.
Drew was emancipated from her mom at the age of 14 and has only seen her a handfull of times since, but she has a surprisingly mature and thoughtful view on her mother. According to Vulture, Drew still financially supports her mom;
I still support her — I must know that she is taken care of or I simply cannot function. I am grateful to this woman for bringing me into this world, and it would crush me to know she was in need anywhere. It is not who I am to harbor any anger for the fact that our life together was so incredibly unorthodox. I want only to say thank you to her, because I love my life and it takes every step to get to where you are, and if you are happy, then God bless the hard times it took you to get there. No life is without them, so what are yours, and what did you do with the lessons?
Wow, I think that’s such an amazingly positive way to look at life. I know many people would remove themselves from that sort of relationship long ago, but I think it’s great that she says that ‘it is not who I am to harbor any anger for the fact that our life together was so incredibly unorthodox.’
Today I wrote a book. And as I thank and celebrate many women this week, I must say a huge thank you to my mother. As I say in the acknowledgments, "thank you for my life. I am ever so pleased to be here!" We have had quite a road, but it is paved with gratitude. #amazingwomenweek #wildflowerbook and thank you to the @drewseum for the photo!
Drew also writes about her favourite Simpsons episode and how she can relate to it now that she’s a mother;
Every day he worked in an octagonal room looking at an Orwellian plaque that read, ‘DON’T FORGET: YOU’RE HERE FOREVER.’ And one day when Homer came home he told Marge that he was afraid of his whole life slipping away without him ever getting to live his dream, which was to run a bowling alley. And so they all squeezed financially and made it work and Homer finally got his dream job! He became so happy that even his hair started to grow back! His life fell into place with his wife and two kids, and then suddenly Marge became pregnant. Now of course, in order to earn the living wage his family needed, he had to go back to work at the power plant. And so he did. But at the end of the episode, the kids say, ‘Yes, but why are there still no pictures of Maggie in this photo album?’ and Homer says it’s because he keeps her pictures where he needs them the most, and it cuts back to his office, and they are all taped up in front of him on the plaque for inspiration. But the way he has taped all the pictures of Maggie on the plaque, it has covered some of the words, and it now reads, ‘DO IT FOR HER,’ and that is what he now sees every day. Do it for her. That is it. You show that you love them endlessly. You devote yourself. You sacrifice. You parent also by example. The way you live and the things you achieve and the way you behave will be more evident than trying to convince them of anything.
Sounds like Drew has done a lot of growing up in the past few years.