Yesterday I received a call that was prompted by the untimely death of Steve Jobs. He was far too young to go. The call was from my daughter, whom I frequently refer to as Platinum Hair with Roots, a lovely human being.
It seems, while at work at the station, which is the top-rated all news station in our city, everyone was so saddened by his loss that they all decided they should call their parents to tell them how lucky they were to have them, recognizing that life hangs in a delicate balance and is far too short.
I received such a call…on air.
Mom, I just called to say how much I love you and I am thankful you are here because you are my anchor and I’d be lost without you.
Awww. These calls to all the moms were played throughout the evening, during commercial segments.
We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Steve Jobs, but I think none more so than an entire generation of young people whose very lives have been touched by the vision of this man. Young people grew up with Apple computers in their school computer labs, have their own Apple computers, iPhones and iPads. Every important thing in their world has been touched by the genius of Steve Jobs and they are truly in mourning. I understand this.
Major world events, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding also tend to prompt calls from our children because it calls into their awareness just how fragile life is. If we are blessed enough to have raised such thoughtful and considerate young people, then we have done a good job. Rich or poor, success or failure, true success is measured in the relationships we have and how we have all “turned out”. I am proud to be the mother of this lovely human being, platinum hair and all.
Never change, child of mine. I am so proud to have shared my life with you!
Now, make that call to your mother.