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NPR Host Scott Simon Is Live-Tweeting From His Mother’s Hospital Bedside

These heart-wrenching tweets will make you smile, cry, and call your mom.

1. Simon’s mother, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman Gilband, is in the intensive care unit at a Chicago hospital and he has been live-tweeting the experience of sitting at her bedside.

2. As Simon has candidly opened up about the experience of watching a loved one die, the Internet has chimed in to listen.

3. Tuesday, July 23: Gratitude for nurses…


Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

I just want to say that ICU nurses are remarkable people. Thank you for what you do for our loved ones.

4. And the royal baby!


Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

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.

5. Thursday, July 25: Greetings and grace.


Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Thanks for prayers my mother in ICU. She greeted the woman who picks up trash: “Blanca, you herald a new day.” Class.

I am getting a life's lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

I am getting a life’s lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?

7. Friday, July 26: Duets.

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

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

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.

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

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

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?”

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"

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

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”

10. Saturday, July 27: On speeches, Chicago, punctuality, and parks.

My mother: "Believe me, those great death bed speeches are written ahead of time. "

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

My mother: “Believe me, those great death bed speeches are written ahead of time. “

Mother: what time is it? Me: 6:30. Her: oh let's raise the curtains on the city we love.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Mother: what time is it? Me: 6:30. Her: oh let’s raise the curtains on the city we love.

Mother: "I don't know why this is going on so long. I'm late for everything I guess."

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Mother: “I don’t know why this is going on so long. I’m late for everything I guess.”

My mother is breathing, finally sleeping. Docs asked what priority is. I just want to take her to sit in our favorite park.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

My mother is breathing, finally sleeping. Docs asked what priority is. I just want to take her to sit in our favorite park.

Mother asks, "Will this go on forever?" She means pain, dread. "No." She says, "But we'll go on forever. You & me." Yes.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Mother asks, “Will this go on forever?” She means pain, dread. “No.” She says, “But we’ll go on forever. You & me.” Yes.

15. Sunday, July 28: On holding hands…

Derek, mother's kind & wise nurse, says "Get some sleep. Mothers like to see sons sleep." But I hold her hand while I can.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Derek, mother’s kind & wise nurse, says “Get some sleep. Mothers like to see sons sleep.” But I hold her hand while I can.

I love holding my mother's hand. Haven't held it like this since I was 9. Why did I stop? I thought it unmanly? What crap.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

I love holding my mother’s hand. Haven’t held it like this since I was 9. Why did I stop? I thought it unmanly? What crap.

17. And dental floss…

Just spent 45 mins looking for mother' favorite dental floss. Waste of time? Act of faith.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Just spent 45 mins looking for mother’ favorite dental floss. Waste of time? Act of faith.

Mother groans w/ pleasure--over flossing. "When they mention great little things in life, they usually forget flossing."

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Mother groans w/ pleasure—over flossing. “When they mention great little things in life, they usually forget flossing.”

19. And saying goodbye.

I just realized: she once had to let me go into the big wide world. Now I have to let her go the same way.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

I just realized: she once had to let me go into the big wide world. Now I have to let her go the same way.

20. Read all of Simon’s tweets here. And, if nothing else, take this advice with you.

I think she wants me to pass along a couple of pieces of advice, ASAP. One: reach out to someone who seems lonely today.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

I think she wants me to pass along a couple of pieces of advice, ASAP. One: reach out to someone who seems lonely today.

And: listen to people in their 80's. They have looked across the street at death for a decade. They know what's vital.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

And: listen to people in their 80’s. They have looked across the street at death for a decade. They know what’s vital.

Oh, and: Oh earth, you're too wonderful for anyone to realize you. It goes too quickly.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Oh, and: Oh earth, you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you. It goes too quickly.

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