A Very Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to you!
I can go back through the logbook of my life and find mementos I've collected along the way. Like pins in a map, they mark the course I've followed from then to now. Tiny pieces of me I suppose, from all over my personal timeline. Here's two pieces that are about thirty Christmases apart.
The brighter red command tunic on the left there belonged to "Ens. John Cooley," and was a sort of early Christmas present from Dad in 1990. It was the new design of the officer’s uniform from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and my Dad purchased it from a table at a Convention in November of that year.
It quickly became one of my favorite gifts ever. I mean, obviously, I still have it all these years (and sizes) later. Back in '90, it looked fantastic. Oh, maybe it's particular shade of red was a touch too tomato-like. Still...nothing's perfect, but this shirt was fun! It's com-badge was obtained on the same day - one of the spin cast metal TNG badges so common at conventions in the late Eighties/early Nineties.
I wore that tunic whenever I could, conventions, costume day at school...really. Yeah, how many of you out there are THAT brave? No? Alright. Anyway it was fun to wear, and when it just wouldn't fit anymore it was carefully stowed away in my archive.
To the right of that 90's era tunic under my tree is one of our contemporary TNG Command tunics.
It's a different, and far more stage accurate interpretation of the Starfleet Uniform than my thirty year old original, but it's been just as endlessly fun.
I've lived, worked, and played in that new tunic just as hard as my old shirt. And when it arrived, just like the original - I gleefully tore it from its packaging like a kid opening a present.
The 2020 Holiday Season is a bit different from the one that shirt came from - for all of us.
Most of us will be in our individual homes, our extended family & friends safe in theirs too. Festive gatherings will happen, but in the myriad of ways our modern world has given us to communicate and share each other.
It's a technologically interconnected world that Gene Roddenberry would absolutely have recognized as one he anticipated, and through his stories - prepared us for.
We'll 'Hangout' with our co-workers, 'Zoom' with friends, and we'll 'Facetime' our family. And hopefully for all of us - all will be well.
"I don't pretend to tell you how to find happiness and love when every day is just a struggle to survive, but I do insist that you do survive, because the days and the years ahead are worth living for. One day soon, man is going to be able to harness incredible energies, maybe even the atom. Energies that could ultimately hurl us to other worlds in some sort of spaceship. And the men that reach out into space will be able to find ways to feed the hungry millions of the world and to cure their diseases. They will be able to find a way to give each man hope and a common future, and those are the days worth living for."
~ Edith Keeler in "The City On The Edge of Forever" from Star Trek.
Script by Gene Roddenberry from a story by Harlan Ellison