With Angelina Jolie back in the news for electing to have a preventative double mastectomy, I’m reminded of her infamous blob quote about her daughter Shiloh from 2007. Recall it? “Angelina Jolie calls Shiloh A BLOB” was the headline repeated over and over again. People went completely bananas.
Here’s the quote:
“I think I feel so much more for Madd and Zee because they’re survivors, they came through so much,” Jolie said in U.K. Elle. “Shiloh seemed so privileged from the moment she was born. I have less inclination to feel for her…I met my other kids when they were 6 months old, they came with a personality. A newborn really is this…Yes, a blob! But now she’s starting to have a personality…I’m conscious that I have to make sure I don’t ignore her needs, just because I think the others are more vulnerable.”
I for one, am so incredibly grateful this quote exists in the world. Who knew a celebrity could have such a personal, therapeutic effect on me? Recently, I’ve spouted off several of my own “blob quotes” about my (almost) adopted, 2-month-old daughter Clementine by contrasting her to my 6-month-old foster daughter “Sandy.” Sandy inevitably gets more of my attention right now because she’s louder and stronger. A 6-month-old can grab you and not let go. A 2-month-old, not so much. When I admit to friends that the babies aren’t getting equal time from me, I inevitably follow-up by saying something about Clementine being mine so she’s going to be just FINE.
Clemmie is coming out of her blob phase and we’re all becoming more interactive as a family. However, knowing that Sandy will inevitably return home to a less advantaged world, I echo Jolie that I have to be conscious not to ignore my newest child’s needs.