Denzel Washington's mother helped him grow into a successful man. She was there for him when his father was not around to instruct him.
Our parents are the ones who mold and shape us to become individuals with good values and morals. Their influence is inevitable growing up. However, sometimes we are forced to miss out due to an absent parent. Denzel Washington, one of Hollywood's greatest actors too was put in such a situation. His mother, Lennis raised him to become the human he is today while his father was out of the picture. Years later, he thanked his mother for being by his side and credited her for everything he had.
Denzel Washington was left with his single mother after his parents divorced at the age of 14. While his father, a pastor stayed away, Washington was brought up under his disciplinarian and hard-working mother. She wanted the best for her son and saved money for private school even when she could not afford it. But, young Washington was not easy to take care of. He was "mischievous." But his guardian angel had her eyes on him every time.
"My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back!" recalled the actor, according to Closer Weekly. His mother's strong will stopped him from getting into trouble. Looking back at her decision, the Oscar-winning actor said, "That decision changed my life because I wouldn't have survived in the direction I was going. The guys I was hanging out with at the time, my running buddies, have now done maybe 40 years combined in the penitentiary. They were nice guys, but the streets got them," according to Parade.
His mother's strict upbringing helped Washington throughout his life. He acknowledged her contribution to his success and said, "What would have happened to me had it not been for my mother?" according to Preaching Today. But his growth did not stop him from listening to his mother's advice. His mother inspired him to delve into his faith and that helped him get over his love for alcohol. "She taught us right from wrong. My mother said to me when I was 59, ‘Denzel, you do a lot of good. You have to do good the right way and you know what I’m talking about.' I don’t drink anymore, I don’t do any of those things," said the actor proudly.
Having experienced inexplicable and unconditional love from his mother, Washington imparts that lesson to his children too. He instructs them to listen to their mother, Pauletta Washington. Meanwhile, abandoned by his father, the actor never shared a connection with his dad. Not having seen much of him, it was hard for Washington to even shed a tear during his father's death. The actor said, "I never shed a tear for my father. That sounds like a book or a song. I never did all through the funeral and all that. There was no connection," according to Real Deal Manhood.