Sunday Morning: The enormity of the the room whose door has now quietly shut

Stephen Colbert

I encourage you to watch a short video at this link: Remembering Lorna Colbert.  Fitting for a Sunday Morning.  Whether you love Stephen Colbert and his show, or not, this was a moving tribute to his Mother, who died last week at the age of 92.   My friend Lori @ Donna & Diablo shared this with me and it has remained top of mind.

A few select excerpts:

…She made a very loving home for us. No fight between siblings could end without hugs and kisses, although hugs never needed a reason in her house.

…She knew more than her share of tragedy, losing her brother and her husband and three of her sons. But her love for her family and her faith in God somehow gave her the strength not only to go on but to love life without bitterness and instill in all of us a gratitude for every day we have together.

…And I know it may sound greedy to want more days with a person who lived so long, but the fact that my mother was 92 does not diminish, it only magnifies, the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut.

…In her last days, my mother occasionally became confused, and to try to ground her we asked simple questions, like what’s your favourite colour, what’s your favorite song. She couldn’t answer these. But when asked what her favourite prayer was, she immediately recited A Child’s Prayer, in German, that she used to say to my eldest brothers and sisters at bedtime when they we living in Munich in the late 1940s. Her favorite memory of prayer was a young mother tucking in her children.

…We were the light of her life, and she let us know it ‘til the end.

Do take a moment to watch the video: Remembering Lorna Colbert

Thank you Lori.  For full transcript:  For video: Remembering Lorna Colbert. For image:  Vanity Fair – Man in the Irony Mask


  1. I read the words and my eyes fill again..


  2. Very moving tribute to his mother. Couldn’t watch the video (it wouldn’t run), but the post tells it.


  3. What a beautiful tribute and wonderful reflections. I’m so glad he shared those with his viewers. It was a three tissue viewing for me!


  4. I found this tribute incredibly moving, the more so, I think, because Colbert is always cracking wise. Clearly a very special lady…


  5. It’s really special to see his love for his amazing mother…thank you for sharing. I am touched and inspired by it.


  6. I love Stephen Colbert and I have to say, that is the first time I have seen that man so close to tears so many times. He had an extraordinary mother, that is for sure…and his words are beyond meaningful. I was close to tears just listening to him. “The enormity of the the room whose door has now quietly shut”…those are amazing words. It makes me think of my own mother, who is very old now, and we are all very aware that we will not have her with us forever. It will be just like that, those words, when we lose her. This is an extremely moving post…thanks David.


  7. Wet eyes. I am touched.


  8. What a moving tribute to a woman who lovingly fulfilled the role “mother” and made a huge impact on her son. Thank you for sharing.


  9. Stunning tribute, sparks so many emotions that cover the whole gamut. What a lucky lucky family to have had her at the helm. I adore the line that you selected as the post title ….moved to tears.


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