“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 138

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It’s August. Jobs is sitting on the edge of the bed, wearing a robe. His head is slumped forward, his breathing shallow.

His wife, Laurene, gently rubs his back. Medical equipment surounds a bedside table. Art books are piled on the floor. Another of Jobs’ full-time nurses, ELHAM, stands nearby.

Jobs’ youngest daughter, Eve, 12, stands in the door way, not wanting to come in. Her older sister, Erin, 16 walks past.

Jobs has always had a complicated relationship with his children. For ten years he refused paternity of his first daughter born out of wedlock in 1978. Despite naming Apple’s Lisa computer after her. He put Apple before everything. Even before his three children with Laurene. Even before Laurene.

As an adopted child Jobs had his own demons to deal with. He always regarded his adoptive parents, the late Paul and Clara Jobs, as his real parents, pure and simple. But being adopted is the greatest loss of control you can ever experience. You can spend your whole life craving control as much as love.

Jobs wanted his biography written by Walter Isaacson so that his children would know him and understand his choices.

Perhaps even understand him.