Remembering Lorna Colbert

  • Aired:  06/19/13
  •  | Views: 570,434

Stephen tells the Colbert Nation a little bit about his mother, Lorna Colbert, who died at age 92. (3:30)

>> Stephen: HI, EVERYBODY,

THANKS FOR BEING IN HERE

TONIGHT, NERVE HERE AND OUT

THERE WATCHING.

I'VE BEEN AWAY FROM "THE REPORT"

FOR A WEEK BECAUSE ONE WEEK AGO

TODAY MY MOTHER LORNA COLBERT

DIED AND I WANT TO THANK

EVERYBODY WHO OFFERED THEIR

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

NOW IF YOU WATCH THIS SHOW AND

YOU LIKE THIS SHOW THAT'S

BECAUSE OF EVERYBODY WHO WORKS

HERE AND I'M LUCKY TO BE ONE OF

THEM.

BUT WHEN YOU WATCH THE SHOW, IF

YOU ALSO LIKE ME, THAT'S BECAUSE

OF MY MOM.

SO BEFORE WE START THE SHOW

AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO TELL YOU A

LITTLE BIT ABOUT HER.

SHE WAS BORN JUST A LITTLE WAYS

FROM HERE IN LARCHMONT NEW YORK

ON CHATSWORTH AVENUE IN 1920.

THE SAME WEEK WOMEN FIRST GOT

THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

SHE SPENT HER SUMMERS IN THE

ADIRONDACKS WITH HER OLDER

SISTER COLLEEN AND HER YOUNGER

BROTHER ED WHO CALLED HER

SNODGRASS.

(LAUGHTER)

SHE MET MY FATHER JAMES AT AGE

12 AT COTILLION AND SHE LIKED

HIM BUT SHE DIDN'T WANT HIM TO

KNOW HOW MUCH SO SHE WOULD MAKE

HER FRIENDS RIDE THEIR BIKES ALL

THE WAY ACROSS TOWN TO PASS BY

HIS HOUSE BUT THEN SHE WOULD

NEVER LOOK TO SEE IF HE WAS IN

THE FRONT YARD.

(LAUGHTER)

WHICH, OF COURSE, DROVE HER

FRIEND CRAZY AND EVIDENTLY SHE

ALSO DROVE MY FATHER CRAZY

BECAUSE THEY WERE MARRIED AND

PROMPTLY HAD 11 CHILDREN.

(LAUGHTER)

SHE MADE A VERY LOVING HOME FOR

US.

NO FIGHT BETWEEN SIBLINGS COULD

END WITHOUT HUGS AND KISSES.

THOUGH HUGS NEVER NEEDED A

REASON IN HER HOUSE.

SINGING AND DANCING WERE

ENCOURAGED-- EXCEPT AT THE

DINNER TABLE.

SHE TRAINED TO BE AN ACTRESS

WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER AND SHE

WOULD TEACH US HOW TO DO STAGE

FALLS BY PRETENDING TO FAINT ON

THE KITCHEN FLOOR.

(LAUGHTER)

SHE WAS FUN.

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 TO 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, IT ONLY MAGNIFY IT

IS 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 FAVORITE COLOR?

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SONG?"

SHE COULDN'T ANSWER THESE.

BUT WHEN ASKED WHAT HER FAVORITE

PRAYER WAS SHE IMIMMEDIATELY

RECITED "A CHILD'S PRAYER" IN

GERMAN THAT SHE USED TO SAY TO

MY ELDEST BROTHERS AND SISTERS

IN BEDTIME WHEN THEY WERE LIVING

IN MUNICH IN THE LATE 14940s.

HER FAVORITE MEMORY OF PRAYER

WAS A YOUNG HER TUCKING IN HER

CHILDREN.

WE WERE THE LIGHT OF HER LIFE

AND SHE LET US KNOW IT UNTIL THE

END.

AND THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

NOW WE CAN GET TO THE TRULY

IMPORTANT WORK OF TELEVISION

BROADCASTING, WHICH IS WHAT SHE

WOULD WANT ME TO DO.

WHEN I WAS LEAVING HER LAST

WEEK, I LEANED OVER AND I SAID

"MOM, I'M GOING BACK TO NEW YORK

TO DO THE SHOW."

AND SHE SAID "I CAN'T WAIT TO

SEE IT.

I WOULDN'T MISS IT FOR THE

WORLD."

SO WITH THAT IN MIND

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