Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet Scott Simon live-tweets his mother's last moments July 30, 2013 Alyssa Edes [View the story "Scott Simon live-tweets his mother's last moments" on Storify]Scott Simon live-tweets his mother's last momentsLast week, NPR's Scott Simon broke conventions, and opened his private life to the public in one of the most intimate ways possible: he live-tweeted his mother's final days on Earth. Storified by WBEZ· Tue, Jul 30 2013 13:26:10Last week, NPR's Scott Simon broke conventions, and opened his private life to the public in one of the most intimate ways possible: he live-tweeted his mother's final days on Earth.Patricia Simon Newman Gilband passed away Monday in an intensive-care unit in a Chicago hospital. Meanwhile on Twitter, Simon's million-plus followers tracked her developments, read Simon's funny and heart wrenching commentary, and watched as a mother and son said goodbye.Here are some of those tweets, listed chronologically. You wake up and realize: you weren't dreaming. It happened. Cry like you couldn't last night.Scott SimonThe heavens over Chicago have opened and Patricia Lyons Simon Newman has stepped onstage.Scott SimonHeart rate dropping. Heart dropping.Scott SimonI know end might be near as this is only day of my adulthood I've seen my mother and she hasn't asked, "Why that shirt?"Scott SimonThe loveli cityscape at the foot of my mother's bed: pic.twitter.com/Bu7AIfLaMsScott SimonMother cries Help Me at 2;30. Been holding her like a baby since. She's asleep now. All I can do is hold on to her.Scott SimonI 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.Scott SimonWas my mother saving this line? My family flies in. My wife & I joke about me sleeping in the ICU ("All the beeps! Can't -Scott Simon-you med people keep it down?") Tell my mother I'll see my wife downstairs, back in 10. Mother says, "Have a quickie!"Scott SimonMy mother now wakes only to be gracious. "Is Reggie or Don on-duty? They're both such exquisite gentlemen." (and they are)Scott SimonJust spent 45 mins looking for mother' favorite dental floss. Waste of time? Act of faith.Scott SimonI just realized: she once had to let me go into the big wide world. Now I have to let her go the same way.Scott SimonWhen my mother woke briefly I sang her My Best Girl. She replied w/ You Are the Sunshine of My Life. Broadway in the ICU.Scott SimonBy request, my ICU bed. Hermes orange, my mother notes. Note functional nightstand, too: pic.twitter.com/dDMQcOwbJWScott SimonI see dawn coming in sky and want to hold it back to keep my mother from what's ahead--to keep my mother, period.Scott SimonMother asks, "Will this go on forever?" She means pain, dread. "No." She says, "But we'll go on forever. You & me." Yes.Scott SimonI tell my mother, "You'll never stop teaching me." She said, "Well don't blame me for everything."Scott SimonMother: what time is it? Me: 6:30. Her: oh let's raise the curtains on the city we love.Scott SimonNo real sleep tonight. But songs poems memories laughs. My mother: "Thank you God for giving us this night & each other"Scott SimonThanks for all good wishes. Mother says, "We can get through this, baby. The hardest part we'll be for you when it's over"Scott SimonMother can't sleep. We listen to music, her face feels puffy, hot. We talk of much. I say "You need sleep." "Not really."Scott SimonI consider this a good sign: mother sez when time comes, obit headline should be Three Jewish Husbands, But No Guilt.Scott SimonBought air mattress for ICU floor. Told salesperson "All I know about outdoors is I loath them." "You looking for Bloomingdales?"Scott SimonI am getting a life's lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?Scott Simon Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet Categories Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, twitter, live-tweeting, Previous post in Culture Local talent helped draw films and TV shows to Chicago Next post in Culture Cruise the Illinois Tollway with Mary MacToll View the discussion thread. Top Headlines On WBEZ.org Young man finds new hope after HIV diagnosis The Best Albums of 2013: The Top 10 Looking back at 1970s Uptown Strange Brews Podcast The politics behind the Illinois pension vote Chewing the Fat with Monica Eng and Louisa Chu How do kids like the new CPS lunches? Remembering the 'Forgotten Hoosiers'