Leonard Nimoy's death has been weighing on me all weekend. Aside from being a huge Trek fan for as long as I can remember, Star Trek was a very important part of my relationship with my dad. It still is.
Dad and I watched all the original episodes together, multiple times. And the Next Gen episodes. Deep Space 9 and Voyager. But Kirk and Spock and the original crew were the dearest to us. Special. It's hard to put into words.
Dad took me to see THE WRATH OF KHAN. It's my earliest memory of the theater. I'll never forget the mind control bug burrowing into Chekov's ear. It gave me nightmares. Or the pain on Kirk's face as his best friend died before his eyes.
Friendships of the kind Spock and Kirk shared on and off-screen are rare. Earlier this week, William Shatner tweeted out his love for his friend, that he "loved him like a brother."
"I have been, and always shall be, your friend." I just watched this and couldn't help tearing up. Perhaps that's why Leonard Nimoy meant so much to so many. He gave us a picture of what friendship and brotherly love can and should be. And what it means to lay your life down for your friend.
There is no great love than that.
I hope to see Nimoy on the other side of the veil.