Kelly Preston always wanted be a mother. Though she had a great motherhood, she also saw the tragic side of it.
We often hear celebrities saying how important motherhood is to them. Kelly Preston, the mother of the three and the late wife of Hollywood actor John Travolta was no different. She immensely cherished her motherly duties and loved her children dearly. She put their needs before her own till she passed away on the morning of 12 July 2020.
According to Nicki Swift, Preston believed in loving her kids as if there was no tomorrow. She said, "Love your kids like it could be the last moment." She took those words to very seriously from the day she became a mother. Her daughter Ella's tribute to Kelly proved it right.
The grieving daughter wrote, "have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful, and loving as you. Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy."
She continued, "Thank you for being there for me no matter what. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your help and thank you for making this world a better place. You have made life so beautiful and I know you will continue to do so always. I love you so much mama," according to Variety.
The actress once revealed that she changed herself after she gave birth. Preston lived a reckless life and loved drinking. She had even experimented with drugs. But when she became the mother to son Jett, daughter Elle Bleu, and son Benjamin, she gave it all up.
She knew she wanted to be the best version of herself with her children. "With drinking, I just decided that I wasn't always at my best. There were times where I drank too much, for sure. When I didn't drink, I felt amazing, and I woke up feeling amazing every single day. For me, I find that our kids came in half the time to teach me about myself and to help me with others, and they have helped me so extraordinarily," said the actress, according to Nicki Swift.
The protective mother made it a point to educate her kids about drugs and alcohol.
The late mother revealed she thought it was important to give them the "space to discover who they are." Though her thoughts about parenting developed after she gave birth, Preston always wanted to be a mother. Talking to Health in 2013, she claimed that it was a dream that she had since her childhood days. "I've always wanted to be a mother, ever since I was 11. I was an expert babysitter. I was doing commercials for thousands of dollars, but I'd still babysit for $3 an hour just because I loved it. I'm just in a good place, and am able to really be with my kids," said the actress.
However, Preston's motherhood journey was not easy. She lost her eldest son, Jett when he was 16. Jett, who was autistic suffered seizures while the family was on vacation in the Bahamas. Preston and Travolta were devastated and
Preston often paid tributes to her late son that showed how much he was a part of her even though he was absent physically. "You are in our hearts forever,” wrote the loving mother after posting a throwback picture of her and Jett. But Preston navigated through those rough patches along with her husband. She held on to her child and celebrated her life as a mother and a woman.
With Preston's demise, Travolta has bigger shoes to fill. In his statement after her death, the actor revealed he was going to take some time away with his kids, according to the Instagram post. However, nothing and no one can compensate for the void felt by a loving mother like Preston.