Stephen Colbert’s rare tribute

I just watched—again—Stephen Colbert’s on-air tribute to his mom, Lorna Tuck Colbert, who died at age 92, and I realize why I love it so much. It’s not only because he expresses a kindred grief about losing parents who lived full, long lives. It’s because what he did is so rare in television, certainly, and in most workplaces, definitely. Aside from a thoughtful, “I’m sorry about your mom” that kind colleagues offer after a death like this, there’s little else discussed. And there’s little acknowledgement of how a parent’s death, no matter how old she is, no matter how old you are, knocks the stuffing out of you for awhile.

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