Knit to This: Colbert and Cooper in Conversation

By Kay Gardiner
September 14, 2019

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  • What a great interview. Thoug,ht provoking and interesting to see the common threads that may apply in loss. I lost my sister 8 years ago and have felt and feel many of these myself.

  • I saw snippets of it a few weeks ago, and wanted (still do! Thanks for the reminder!) to see the whole thing. As someone who lost her mother at 9, I could totally relate to the thoughts of both those men who wondered who they would be if their dads had lived. I totally enjoy Colbert’s Late Show but really loved how serious and intelligent he was in the interview. And Anderson Cooper is in a class by himself.

  • Amazing interview. Echoes my losses and convinces me I am neither alone nor crazy

  • Thank you so much, AGAIN, for bringing us a wonderful example of humanity in this conversation.

  • What an unexpected surprise here. Having lost my dad at 8, I especially related to “the fartherless child believes all things are possible…and nothing is safe.” That is a fire that keeps me motivated (cautiously) to this day. Grief does shape you.

  • How lovely to be a part of this conversation. Thanks for pointing the way to this.

  • That interview is amazing. I’m sitting here a little bit stunned, with memories of my own childhood swirling around in my head. Their conversation knocked all kinds of things loose.
    Thank you. I think. ;o)

  • This interview was amazing. It made me think about what I’m going through at this time. Not the loss of a parent or a child but the impending loss of a spouse.

    • Marilyn – I’m giving you all the strength vibes. This is an impossible thing to grapple with – though so many of us will experience it. Be as well as possible. xo

  • I had heard this before today and I’m so glad that you are sharing it with us. So much of loss is change. My 15 y/o brother took his life in 1974 and it becomes part of who you are. Thanks so much for bringing this to others

  • One of my dear girl cousins directed me to this. Hearing about Colbert’s immersion in Tolkien made me understand my brothers in a new way. I will hold on to this and the phrase “More Jeasus for me.”

  • Thank you for posting this. Really.

    • Thank you for sharing this. When I reshare your posts with my loved ones, I always refer to your website as “the eclectic knitting blog” (I need to think how to describe it better). Thank you for sharing so much more than knitting — beauty and suffering, humor and wisdom

      • Sorry this comment posted here, I must have hit reply by accident

  • I did not really care for stephen colbert before this, I thought his humor too political. But I really enjoyed hearing him talk and I like the real “him” very much. Thank you for this.

  • Thank you.

  • This interview is so emotional for me. I just lost my 95 year old Dad 26 days ago and the pain and grief is overwhelming at times. I can relate to Anderson Cooper’s comment about having a visible scar, to match the big gaping wound in my heart

  • WOW!! What a wonderful conversation. About 13 minutes in, they talk about the idea: “What punishments of God are not gifts?” This brought me to tears. In the 2+ years since I lost my Beloved Dave, I’ve come to realize this, but I could never have expressed it as clearly as Stephen Colbert did. THANK YOU!

  • I had heard about this but hadn’t watched it yet, so thank you for sharing it. When I was 4 1/2, my family was in a car accident. We lost my 3 1/2 year old sister and my mother miscarried. The impact of that on my family at the time was great, but it’s only been in the last 5 years or so that I have realized that I still carry it with me. I need to listen to this conversation again, I think.

  • thank you

  • I lost my mom when I was 16. I took care of my dad and sister until they were ok, and then I fell apart, only to rebuild somewhat to a new normal a few years later. I have seen this interview before but it has been a while. It does help to hear. I agree strongly on a couple of things. Some things happened in my life that never would have had that not happened. I started to communicate with my dad (it was never great but it was there) and I realized once I took that hit, that I better really look for what was good and be glad for it. I had a wonderful mom and daughter relationship and while she has been gone for 43 years, I still miss her.

  • I’ve been so busy that I thought that I had lost it in the world of unread and wonderful things. I had seen this on some other site and I am so glad that you posted it. Nothing more to add except that loss is painful forever