Do you remember any New Year’s Eves when you toasted the old year by saying, “Man! I am sooo glad that one is over!” ?
My worst year? 1999. No doubt about it, that was the worst year on so many levels. My 44 year old brother Bill died Dec. 12, 1999. His death took my breath, my heart, and my sense of balance away from me.
When we toasted the new Millennium, I was choked with tears, and wished I could have somehow saved Bill with the knowledge I now possessed.
Still, it was the holidays. As a large group, we and my husband’s family went to see “Galaxy Quest”, just recently released. The theatre darkened, and the popcorn & soda were going fast.
Suddenly, I was taken out of my blackness into this alien world with Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Sigourney Weaver. Their lives as actors on a defunct TV show, “Galaxy Quest”, had not gone well since its cancellation in 1968 or something. They made their living by hitting SciFi conventions and even attending ribbon-cutting ceremonies at dinky electronics stores.
Faithful fans like Justin Long believed in the reality of the Galaxy Quest world.
In the dark theatre, I laughed until tears ran down my face. Strange how laughter and crying are so close in their physical resemblances. But, I laughed, rolling in laughter.
Q is for…Quest, Galaxy Quest. For me, the brave crew and I made a quantum leap together that day.
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