After losing her mother on Thanksgiving day, Oprah Winfrey has finally opened up about the final days she spent with her. It is no secret that the two were not incredibly close but in those final days, Mother O left everything to be at her mother's bedside.
The multi-media mogul had just finished interviewing Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, in Chicago on her "Becoming" Book Tour and hopped a plane to be near her 83-year-old mother, Vernita Lee. Oprah explained to People Magazine that during this time, the mother and daughter had one of the most important conversations they would ever have.
"I said, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to make it. Do you think you’re going to make it?’ She said, ‘I don’t think I am.’ I had a conversation with her about what that felt like, what it felt like to be near the end. I started telling all the people who cared about her that, ‘She knows it’s the end, so, if you want to say goodbye, you should come and say goodbye.'”
Oprah recalls how she played gospel music for her mother and even had her friend, gospel artist Wintley Phipps, sing to her mother on FaceTime. She asked her mother what it felt like to know the end was near? What was it like to know your time is limited?
“What I said was, ‘Thank you. Thank you, because I know it’s been hard for you. It was hard for you as a young girl having a baby, in Mississippi. No education. No training. No skills. Seventeen, you get pregnant with this baby. Lots of people would have told you to give that baby away. Lots of people would’ve told you to abort that baby. You didn’t do that. I know that was hard. I want you to know that no matter what, I know that you always did the best you knew how to do. And look how it turned out.'”
This was the moment that every child who has ever felt distance between their mother dreams of. Yes, we all hope that reconciliations and words of clarity would come while we are all healthy but, sometimes we have to take it as it comes.
We are all continuing to pray for Oprah and her extended family.