The Internet can be an awful place. With all of the trolling, cyberbullying, and venomous tweets from One Direction fangirls, Twitter can be an especially disheartening destination. But, every once in a while, a story comes along that makes us all tear up and explains that, maybe, if only periodically, all of that vitriol and mindless messaging is a price worth paying.

Right now, NPR's Scott Simon is that reminder. The 61-year-old host of Weekend Edition Saturday is in a Chicago hospital's ICU live-tweeting his mother's last moments. His feed is poetic and insightful and harrowing and humbling. Seriously, only read it if you're ready to cry.

Also, call your mother.