While there are likely plenty of perks that come with having a famous parent, it must be kind of tough sometimes to be born into the public eye. It's probably pretty hard for famous parents to instill a sense of normalcy into their kids' lives as well, but Ava Phillippe's recent tribute to Reese Witherspoon on Instagram proves that the actor has done a great job raising her daughter. And you know what the sweetest part about Phillippe's post is? She did it for no reason at all.
On July 17, Phillippe shared a lovely photo of her mom via Instagram. In the snap, Witherspoon looks picture-perfect as she's getting ready and putting on an earring, set against some stunning floral wallpaper.
"This is the gorgeous woman who taught me about the power of graciousness, love, ambition, and hard work," the 19-year-old captioned the shot. "She inspires me everyday to live with gratitude for the life I’ve been given and compassion for others," Phillippe wrote. "I’m thinking about her a little extra today, that’s all."
Oh man. Does anyone else suddenly feel like they have something stuck in their eyes right now? *Blinks* Must be allergies. *Sniffle, sniffle* OK, fine — it's not actually allergies. They're tears of joy welling up due to the incredibly sincere sweetness of Phillippe's post.
Just to reiterate, it doesn't seem as if there was any sort of special occasion that provoked Phillippe to shoutout her mom. Witherspoon's birthday was back in March; Mother's Day went down in May. The actor didn't have a new project premiering on the day Phillippe shared that post. She did it just because she was "thinking about her a little extra" at the time. Such a nice thing to do, right?
Witherspoon and her daughter clearly have a special bond. So close, in fact, that the Big Little Lies actor admitted to crying on Phillippe's bed after she went off to college.
"It’s weird when your children go away to college. It’s hard," she revealed during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this year. "And I never imagined how it felt for my mom. I might’ve gone into her empty room, laid down on her bed and cried when she went to college. But it’s OK, she’s coming back. Apparently, they come back, right? I thought she’d be gone," Witherspoon joked.
For the record, yes, Phillippe did come back from college, and has been spending plenty of quality time with her mom. She was actually Witherspoon's date to the premiere of the second season of Big Little Lies, and praised the show in yet another touching Instagram post.
"Big Little Date Night," she wrote, alongside a pic of her and Witherspoon looking like twins while posing on the red carpet. "Congrats to every member of #BLL2 crew! So especially proud of my mama and her passion for this story and her work. After seeing just the first episode, I honestly cannot wait to see more!"
Feel like calling your mom right now? Yeah, same. Phillippe's recent post is a great reminder that you never need a reason to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. So, what are you waiting for? Start dialing!