The Harper Avery is one of the highest awards a surgeon can earn. They always make the calls to the nominees on the same Friday, of the same month, at 8 am East Coast time. 5 am in Seattle. My mother was nominated five times. I’ve been through this before. If the phone rings, everything changes. Suddenly, you’re a superstar. If it doesn’t… I don’t know. My mom was a superstar. She always got the call. My mom didn’t think she’d win. She thought it was a popularity contest and she wasn’t popular. She was a woman, and a fellow, and her arrogance could rub people the wrong way. She hadn’t allowed herself to imagine the possibility of winning because she wanted it too much. And when they called my mom’s name, she was genuinely shocked. It was validation of all her hard work and sacrifice. She came home and told me she didn’t win the Harper Avery. She earned it.