“Soak up the wisdom of your mom — or any women who are ‘moms’ in your life — while she’s with you,” Valerie Bertinelli said.
Honoring moms, in Valerie Bertinelli's opinion, is crucial. Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress and culinary expert Bertinelli excels at celebrations. And in an interview with Woman's World magazine, she divulged her tips for celebrating Mother's Day with all of the mothers in our lives. She claims that her best role is that of a mother to her son, Wolfgang Van Halen. “I adore him!” she gushed of her son. “I love what a kind, thoughtful, funny human he is. It’s weird that I have a 32-year-old adult son — life goes by in a flash!”
Bertinelli has had a difficult year, with a divorce, a difficult marriage, and healing, per USA TODAY. She attributes her resilience to the mothers she celebrates on Mother's Day. “I come from a long line of incredible women,” she said, speaking highly of her mother and grandmother. “My great-grandmother was on the poverty list in Italy but earned enough money with her gelato cart to come to America. And my mom came from nothing. She left home at 16, married my dad at 17, and started a family.”
Even though Valerie's mother is dead, the memories of her live on through Valerie. “She was so smart, funny, and talented, and I loved making her feel loved. I would look at her and say, ‘I love you and appreciate everything you’ve done for me.’”
Bertinelli emphasizes that her mother's knowledge helped her when she was going through a bad divorce and marriage. She advises people to 'soak up' their mother's wisdom. “Soak up the wisdom of your mom — or any women who are ‘moms’ in your life — while she’s with you,” Valerie counsels. “I remember little things, like my mom holding her feelings in, was not good, so I’m trying to express mine so I don’t use food or whatever I may use to suppress them. Memories can be a great lesson,” she said.
Tune in to Classic Rewind Wednesday, May 10 to hear the premiere of 'Top of the Pack', featuring @WolfVanHalen and @Wolfiesmom, offering an inside look at the Van Halen family, part of his Mother’s Day gift to his mom. https://t.co/oEBW5uaQYh— Octane (@SXMOctane) May 9, 2023
Bertinelli has always celebrated Mother's Day well, she said, adding that it was a very emotionally driven day for her as her family celebrated her. “Mother’s Day was always family time if Ed wasn’t on the road,” Valerie reminisces, referring to her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen, with whom she shares her son. “I hold so many memories close from that time — the sweet, funny little gifts and time together. We’d go to dinner or Ed would make something — he was really good at reheating frozen burritos and making hot dogs, which I love!" she recalled.
"But those little gestures don’t have to be for a special day. It can be out of nowhere. Us moms, we just appreciate being appreciated!”
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