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Scott Simon's Love Letter to His Mother

NPR's Scott Simon writes a searingly personal, heartbreakingly beautify and gloriously redemptive paean to the last week of his mother's life.
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Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

I brought news to my Irish mother in hospital of the royal birth, & she said, "We have a king!" Always a UK, eh?

23/07/2013 03:24:48 WIB
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I just want to say that ICU nurses are remarkable people. Thank you for what you do for our loved ones.

24/07/2013 00:19:20 WIB
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My mother in ICU sees Kate & Will holding baby and tears: "Every baby boy is a little king to his parents. " So I tear too.

24/07/2013 02:16:39 WIB
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My mother in ICU has first liquids in 2 days. Clear broth so good "@Rick_Bayless could have made it." Power of suggestion.

24/07/2013 07:06:47 WIB
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Watching ChiSox vs Tigers game in ICU w/ mother. Score not improving MY blood pressure.

25/07/2013 08:34:12 WIB
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Bless all ICU nurses who are getting people through pain & anxieties tonight.

25/07/2013 15:35:48 WIB
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All hospitals should have roll-out chairs in ICU rooms so loved ones can spend night w/ patients & not sleep on floor. @NMHnews

25/07/2013 15:50:10 WIB
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Thanks for prayers my mother in ICU. She greeted the woman who picks up trash: "Blanca, you herald a new day." Class.

25/07/2013 19:48:42 WIB
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Man giving my mother meds asks " How they get $500,000 to rehab Wrigley Field and not to keep those schools from closing?"

25/07/2013 20:19:59 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

@101Below Thank you so much for your prayer for my mother in that historic church. Our whole family is grateful.

26/07/2013 03:21:06 WIB
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I am getting a life's lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?

26/07/2013 03:23:51 WIB
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In line at hospital Starbucks. Dancing in the Streets comes on. Line begins to sing, "They're dancin' in Chi-caw-go!"

26/07/2013 06:10:05 WIB
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Tnx for all but wishes for my mother in ICU. Her anthem, more than ever, is But I'm Still Here. She inspires us all.

26/07/2013 21:19:24 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

My mother knows the name & story of every nurse & doctor in the ICU. She keeps no one a stranger.

26/07/2013 22:33:53 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

What is the idea behind deep fried onion rings in a hospital cafeteria?

27/07/2013 02:13:35 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

Bought air mattress for ICU floor. Told salesperson "All I know about outdoors is I loath them." "You looking for Bloomingdales?"

27/07/2013 04:58:32 WIB
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Our friend Wen Huang dropped by ICU to read to my mother from his book. She smiles, "Haven't we had a lovely day?"

27/07/2013 05:22:42 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

My mother & I just sang Que Sera Sera 3 times. God bless you Doris Day for giving us such a great theme song.

27/07/2013 07:26:06 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

Tried to buy coffee for family w/ a mother in ICU too. Barista overheard, refused my card. "Your money's no good here."

27/07/2013 09:37:16 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

I consider this a good sign: mother sez when time comes, obit headline should be Three Jewish Husbands, But No Guilt.

27/07/2013 10:13:16 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

My mother drifts to sleep listening to Nat's Unforgettable. I keep things light, but moments like this hard, if sweet.

27/07/2013 10:53:55 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

Mother can't sleep. We listen to music, her face feels puffy, hot. We talk of much. I say "You need sleep." "Not really."

27/07/2013 12:23:51 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

Mother & I just finished a duet of We'll Meet Again. Every word has meaning. Nurse looks in, asks, "Do you take requests?"

27/07/2013 13:17:20 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

Thanks for all good wishes. Mother says, "We can get through this, baby. The hardest part we'll be for you when it's over"

27/07/2013 13:22:31 WIB
Scott Simon @nprscottsimon

-I tell her, "You've given me strength to carry it." She's reciting White Cliffs of Dover now, becoming 14 before my eyes.

27/07/2013 13:24:49 WIB
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