Over 340 million tweets are sent and read each day.
In the midst of all those competing thoughts, messages and trending topics, Scott Simon posted a large number of tweets late last month that broke through the rush of chatter and caught the attention of a large part of Twitter’s world wide audience.
Simon, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday host, was sitting beside his mother’s hospital bed and relaying intimate, tender and immediate thoughts about his precious time with his mother in the last days of her life.
I can’t imagine having the clarity of mind to tweet while you are taking care of a loved one who is dying but I am thankful that Scott Simon did. The immediacy of his tweets and the strength and love in each of Scott’s tweets took my breath away. Mortality is a touchy subject that scares yet enlightens us.
In turn, I think Scott Simon’s tweets courageously shared such a heartbreaking yet basic human experience that the tweets must have made others stop and think about the loved ones in their lives who may be ill or have already died.
I wish Scott Simon grace and peace as he and his family mourn and cope with the loss of his mother. It would be so much easier if there was a guidebook or a magic formula presented to us after a loss. How reassuring it would be to know that if we followed or did certain things that ultimately all would be right with our world once again. But life doesn’t work that way.
Losing someone you love and learning to live without them is a roller coaster of a journey we all must eventually take and no matter how much love and support we have and how much time passes by, we have to learn to look within ourselves and figure out for ourselves the best way to heal and rebuild our lives.
Here are some of the compelling posts that Scott Simon sent live about his mother to his more than one million followers:
And here is the link to the Washington Post story about Simon Scott and his remarkable tweets: