If you haven’t heard by now that Steve Jobs has passed then you must be living under a rock! What you may not have heard or read is Mona Simpson’s, Steve Jobs’ sister, moving eulogy.
It is interesting to find out that stories you read in novels really do happen in real life, let alone to Steve Jobs.
Mona spoke of her relationship with her brother from the time they found each other until the moment he passed. They were separated from each other but that didn’t stop Steve from finding her and that didn’t affect Steve’s relationship with her from then on.
Mona on living a simple life before she met Steve:
I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us.
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. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.
By then, I lived in New York, where I was trying to write my first novel. I had a job at a small magazine in an office the size of a closet, with three other aspiring writers. When one day a lawyer called me — me, the middle-class girl from California who hassled the boss to buy us health insurance — and said his client was rich and famous and was my long-lost brother, the young editors went wild.
Mona on her first encounter with Steve:
The lawyer refused to tell me my brother’s name and my colleagues started a betting pool. The leading candidate: John Travolta. I secretly hoped for a literary descendant of Henry James — someone more talented than I, someone brilliant without even trying.
When I met Steve, he was a guy my age in jeans, Arab- or Jewish-looking and handsomer than Omar Sharif.
We took a long walk — something, it happened, that we both liked to do. I don’t remember much of what we said that first day, only that he felt like someone I’d pick to be a friend. He explained that he worked in computers.I didn’t know much about computers.
I still worked on a manual Olivetti typewriter.
I told Steve I’d recently considered my first purchase of a computer: something called the Cromemco.
Steve told me it was a good thing I’d waited. He said he was making something that was going to be insanely beautiful.
Mona on her final moments with Steve
Tuesday morning, he called me to ask me to hurry up to Palo Alto.