trib·ute (trĭb′yo͞ot) n.
1. A gift, payment, declaration, or other acknowledgement of gratitude, respect, or admiration
In light of recent news, we felt it was an appropriate time to STOP and take a moment to pay tribute to a person that many of us know…Leonard Nimoy. If you have seen the news or been online at all, you will know that what is “trending” right now is his recent passing at the age of eighty-three. Most of the tweets I have read about his passing are in awe and respect of this great entertainer and actor that most of us know. When I heard of his passing, I too thought of the great respect and admiration I have for this man and his ability to entertain us, but I must also admit that I smiled…now don’t get mad at me too quickly for being honest with you about, what appears to be, an inappropriate gesture because it has a much deeper meaning for me…let me explain.
There once was a young woman who was in her early twenties in 1966. This young woman, also being an aspiring author/columnist and a mother of two young girls, had heard about the debut of a new television program named “Star Trek.” This show premiered just one day after her birthday on the 8th of September. Well as the story goes, this young mother faithfully tuned in every week of the three seasons this program was broadcast. Throughout those years and in spite of the crying children, the diaper changes and other motherly duties during that time, this young mother grew to "LOVE LOVE" the battles, the actors and the new frontiers she was able to experience and enjoy while watching James T. Kirk, Bones, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, Uhura and of course Spock!
This young woman I speak of, THE BIGGEST TREKIE FAN EVER, was my Mom. Have you ever had a crush on a movie star or a band? Would you, at one point in your life or another, do ANYTHING to have met them? My Mom was no different when it came to the actors of Star Trek. I remember several times during my Mom’s lifetime when she would say, “I’m going to meet them one day.” Well on the 27th of February 2015, my Mom was finally able to meet Leonard, give him the Vulcan salute and say, “live long and prosper” #LLAP. (Not sure they have hashtags in heaven but I did that for our younger audience so we could still be cool. And besides that, this is what is "trending" right now.) J
Now back to my before mentioned smile…my smile obviously was produced not from the loss of a great entertainer, but only because my Mom was finally able to meet one of her idols…and knowing my Mom, she was FIRST IN LINE!
So in quiet silence and respect for his family, friends and the great man, director, producer, writer and actor we all knew as Spock a.k.a. Leonard Nimoy, I will kindly direct you to “THEE” tribute entitled “It’s The Crew” from one of his biggest fans ever…my Mom.
And one final thought from Leonard himself posted on his twitter page…
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
Thanks Leonard for all the memories! ...Oh and by the way, they WILL BE "preserved."
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