Let’s talk about Angelina. By now, she has brought her new son Pax to the U.S., returned to her home, and settled into her new, expanded family life. (She has also signed on to a new about-to-go-into-production film that will likely bring a premature end to her self-proclaimed “stay-at-home” status, but I digress.)
While Angelina is doing is inherently noble, she has changed a good deed into an adoption frenzy, which, actually fits in unsurprisingly well with her addictive personality. As we have all read, in the past Jolie has been addicted to drugs, self-injury, and sex, and her newfound love of fast-paced, multiple adoptions seems to be an addiction substitution. I mean, even Brad seems to be questioning the situation by now.
I think what everyone really fears is that Angelina is simply not providing enough time for each child to acclimate to a new lifestyle and allow the family to bond before mixing things up again. Adding a new child to a family isn’t something to be rushed or taken lightly. These things require vast amounts of time, personal attention to the adopted child, other children and adjustment. So while, ultimately, she is providing a better life for these kids, we have to worry that it’s too much, too soon.
When it comes down to it, I’m really undecided about whether I should be cheering Angelina on and standing up to celebrate what she has done for these children, or simply shaking my head in consternation and wondering how this will go wrong. If it’s the former, then Angelina is doing nothing less than giving some children the gift of a life they never could have imagined, and we all commend her for that. And, well, if it’s the latter it will reach a family crisis point.
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