It’s been an emotional weekend for many of us. It’s a time to pay about respects to another type of hero – our “geek” heroes, those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy our freedom. As a child reading fairy tales and watching the Masters of the Universe, the idea that our heroes could die was unthinkable. Then I heard that Optimus Prime had been killed, and I was in denial for years. Rodimus Prime is great, but he will never fill the shoes left empty by Optimus. Sometimes I still hear his voice.
That was only the first of many great tragedies. The passing of Superman hit me particularly hard. He had been the only survivor, the rest of his people were killed in action. He had been a beacon of hope to so many that people still talk about it as if it had died all over again just recently. I’ve never told anyone this, but I thought I saw him, less than a year after he died. The man’s smile was cold though and I had to admit to myself it wasn’t him. That was hard.
When Aerith passed away I was heartbroken. She was cut down before her prime. Though I have to admit that the loss of Artax in the deadly swamps of sadness affected me far more. Even Yoshi, my faithful steed through many adventures. The moment of his death plays over and over again.
I’m ashamed to admit that there are some who have done me a great service that have left me feeling nothing but frustration. When Lydia, my housecarl, was killed in action I was angry. I didn’t feel any regret for the burdens I’d placed upon her, and became resolved to carry them alone from that moment on. Of course, I met someone new and the crazy adventures started all over again. I don’t miss Jason Todd either, but I really can’t believe he’s gone.
So to all of those who gave their lives to enrich ours, your sacrifice is appreciated and worth remembering. In particular I want to make sure I don’t finish without paying my respects to the late, great, Agent Phil Coulson. I know deep down that, wherever you are, you are still fighting the good fight and doing whatever it takes to keep us safe.