Reese Witherspoon, 45, appeared on Wednesday’s episode of The Drew Barrymore Show where the studio audience was filled with nothing but nurses. Witherspoon got emotional as she recalled her mom Betty’s career as a nurse.
“Tell me about your mom,” Barrymore, 46, said, to which Witherspoon replied, “Oh my gosh, you’re gonna make me cry.”
“I was talking to my mom on the phone when your producer called and said the whole audience was filled with nurses, and my mom and I both started to cry. Because being raised by a nurse, I think my mother has such infinite compassion.”
“My mother worked night shifts, she worked weekends, so I had to kinda take care of myself; my brother and I would make dinner and everything. She was so tired, but she just loved her patients,” the Morning Show star continued. “She did labor and delivery, she did neonatal intensive care. I would bring her donuts, her and the other nurses.”
Witherspoon said she has always been “in awe of” her mom’s “endless compassion for other people.”
“And that’s how I feel whenever I see a nurse because I think to dedicate your life to caring for people is one of the most noble professions that exists. Thank you for your incredible hard work, taking care of people during this very difficult time,” she said.
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