Mona Simpson and her late brother, Steve Jobs, didn't meet until they were both in their 20s. A eulogy created by her, the younger sibling by two years, has been shared publicly to honor her brother who was given up for adoption as an infant.
"Even as a feminist, my whole life I'd been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I'd thought that man would be my father," writes Mona Simpson in a piece shared at the Oct. 16 service for Steve Jobs at Stanford Memorial Church. "When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother."
Revealing that her late brother probably owned "enough black cotton turtlenecks for everyone in this church," Mona Simpson writes of his love and care for his family in the piece shared by The New York Times. "When Reed was born, he began gushing and never stopped. He was a physical dad, with each of his children. He fretted over Lisa's boyfriends and Erin's travel and skirt lengths and Eve's safety around the horses she adored."
Speaking of her sister-in-law Laurene, now a widow, Mona Simpson writes, "His abiding love for Laurene sustained him. He believed that love happened all the time, everywhere. In that most important way, Steve was never ironic, never cynical, never pessimistic. I try to learn from that, still."
In describing Steve Jobs' struggle with pancreatic cancer, which he was diagnosed with in Oct. 2003, Mona Simpson tells of his determination. "I remember my brother learning to walk again, with a chair. After his liver transplant, once a day he would get up on legs that seemed too thin to bear him, arms pitched to the chair back. He'd push that chair down the Memphis hospital corridor towards the nursing station and then he'd sit down on the chair, rest, turn around and walk back again. He counted his steps and, each day, pressed a little farther."
"I suppose it's not quite accurate to call the death of someone who lived with cancer for years unexpected, but Steve's death was unexpected for us," she shares of ber brother's passing on Oct. 5.
Writing of Steve Jobs' final words, spoken just hours before his breathing ceased, Mona Simpson recalls how her brother looked at his family, his wife, and then over their shoulders past them and said, "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW."
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