Because of the sun glare you may not be
able to make out what exactly that is. It's a broken, dead
tree. But in its brokenness it perfectly framed the bright,
life-giving sun. When I see that photo, I think about death and
eternal life. I think about how, even out of tragedy, something
good can happen. If that tree hadn't have been broken, would I
have noticed how beautiful the sun was that day? I'm not sure but
I don't think I would have. I think that's something Touched by an Angel
reminded me of,
especially through the AODs with Adam beginning it. Yes, death
can be scary and losing someone can be so, so heart-breaking. But
if we can eventually see past physical death, then we'll see a
glorious, golden life with out end. One in which we'll always
know and feel God's love and so will our loved ones. It's a life
in which we'll never be alone and I like to think that it begins with
the welcoming smile of a friend. And I'm grateful to Charles
Rocket and the two actors who followed in his footsteps for giving us
such lovely depictions of just how great that friend might be.
So as I sit here and remember all the enjoyment I've gotten out of Mr.
Rocket's work, I'm glad for the times I laughed over the ridiculousness
of Steve Moscow and "Dadcula." I remain touched by his appearance
on Quantum Leap
. I look
forward to watching those projects of his I still haven't had the
pleasure of watching. But mostly I'm grateful for what he taught
me through Adam:
Laughter is a gift: use it and give it.
Always be yourself.
When death comes, it's okay to be sad. But know that if you could
just peer past it, you would see eternal life and that, when that time
comes, no one is ever, ever alone.
God bless him and his loved ones.
God bless you, too.
could have hired anyone
for the role of Adam but they chose Charles Rocket. In my
opinion, very few could have played Adam
as well as Charles did. Adam became his own with
his own flair and humour that was just so without being offensive
in any way. It was like the whole scene lit up
whenever Adam appeared as he brought his own brand of style with him.
Rocket will be missed for all that he did.
the course of the past few months, I have come to realize that with
each passing, life somehow goes on and I have been known to ponder
whether or not the world can continue turning in the same way as
before. Every so often we are reminded of people through the
passing of others. I recognized that earlier this year when
Michael Jackson died, and through his passing, I was not only reminded
of tragedy that strikes families everyday, but I was somehow reminded
of all the people who are no longer with us and what they would want us
to do to commemorate their lives.
I asked myself almost constantly since the end of June,
if those who passed on would want us to continue
grieving or would they want us to move on, as music so aptly
implies? This story was written, not necessarily as a reminder of
the work Charles Rocket did, but instead, for those he left
behind. Would they want us to be sad? Or would they
celebrate our victories and mourn our defeats from beyond the
heavens just as we do?
The questions remain, even after having read countless
books on this particular subject matter.
I guess in essence, I wrote this more for myself than
anyone else, but I hope that it does, regardless of sadness or
heartache that may be experienced, give us hope and courage
to continue living as well as taking the biggest
bite out of life that there is. It is my belief that that is
precisely what Charles Rocket was known to have done.
As with years past, we'd like to end this newsletter with some suicide
prevention resources. If you or someone you know feels depressed,
please know that there is help out there! Along with the sites
below, you may be able to find local resources in your phone book or on
your city's web site.
(Photo Credits: The photographs, barring the nature ones, used on this
page are from "Touched by
an Angel" and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon
Water Productions. They are not being used to seek profit.)