Saturday, February 28, 2015

He Lived Long and Prospered


The passing of Leonard Nimoy was so sad to hear, but reading the tributes and messages from fans really made me think of the impact one person can have.  I know this feels a little off-topic, but bear with me here.

  I have always been fascinated with space, I went to space camp in sixth grade, and twice more as an educator (thanks to a fabulous program by Honeywell!).  Space truly is the "final frontier," and having a show like Star Trek that not only explored the possibilities of space travel,  but also the possibilities of a world where discrimination and greed were a thing of the past was amazing.

Watching someone like Mr. Nimoy, who made being intellectual and bookish "cool" was special.  I wasn't a very extroverted child, and spent a lot of time reading, solving puzzles, and exploring outside.  So that slight social awkwardness and logical thinking that Spock exuded was something I could relate to.  I didn't get to watch much Star Trek as a child, but I was always drawn to  Nimoy's character.  (My husband really got me into watching Star Trek more.  We watched some of the original series, but mostly The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.  And oh, the scene with Kirk and a dying Spock in Wrath of Khan, what a tearjerker.)

Maybe this is why I always have a special place in my heart for *that* kid.  You know the one.  The one that has a little trouble making friends, seems a little recluse, but loves learning new things.  Is always eager to solve a problem, and loves to share what they know with you.

So, here's to you Mr. Nimoy...to your caring spirit, and absolute love for what you did.  For embracing Mr. Roddenberry's message, your character, and your fans.

Thank you for bringing us Mr. Spock, the guy who made being "logical" cool, but who also showed us the power and importance of emotion.  Rest in peace, you have lived long and prospered!

Cheers to you, Mr. Nimoy!
Carrie

4 comments:

  1. Lovely tribute; thanks for posting it.

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  2. Aw, thank you! So glad there is such a big group of "Trekkies" on TpT! haha!

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  3. When my husband called at lunch that Friday the first thing he said, "So I wonder if Big Bang Theory will make a tribute of some kind." I knew exactly what he meant. "Oh no, Leonard Nimoy passed?"I never was a big Star Trek fan when I was young, but I knew who he was since my aunt watched all the time. Then there was this one time when I was recovering from a c-section and my sister and husband decided to watch a Star Trek movie and take the holding your breathe challenge and I almost died from laughing - oh and woke the baby sleeping on my chest. I guess we will all have our Nimoy memories. - Following along over at BlogLovin' Have a fantastic Friday!

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  4. Ha, that is such a great memory, Sara! I really appreciate you sharing that with me! I also wonder if they will do a tribute...it is almost certain! Thanks again! :)

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