The Internet can be an awful place. With all of the trolling, cyberbullying, and venomous tweets from One Direction fangirls, Twitter can be an especially disheartening destination. But, every once in a while, a story comes along that makes us all tear up and explains that, maybe, if only periodically, all of that vitriol and mindless messaging is a price worth paying.
Right now, NPR's Scott Simon is that reminder. The 61-year-old host of Weekend Edition Saturday is in a Chicago hospital's ICU live-tweeting his mother's last moments. His feed is poetic and insightful and harrowing and humbling. Seriously, only read it if you're ready to cry.
Also, call your mother.
I think she wants me to pass along a couple of pieces of advice, ASAP. One: reach out to someone who seems lonely today.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) July 28, 2013
And: listen to people in their 80's. They have looked across the street at death for a decade. They know what's vital.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) July 28, 2013
Oh, and: Oh earth, you're too wonderful for anyone to realize you. It goes too quickly.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) July 28, 2013
Her passing might come any moment, or in an hour, or not for a day. Nurses saying hearing is last sense to go so I sing & joke.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) July 29, 2013
When she asked for my help last night, we locked eyes. She calmed down. A look of love that surpasses understanding.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) July 29, 2013