Sometimes I find myself briefly (but never for more than a few seconds, I promise!) taking for granted the fact that so many award winning people do me the honor of calling me friend. This weekend one of the diamonds in my ring of friendships, the incomparable N. Clement Weathers, reminds my of my great fortune. At his invitation, Storm and I attend a ceremony in Chapel Hill at which N. Clement is recognized (at long last!) as a Community Treasure.
As I sit in the appreciative audience, I reflect on my other award winning friends. Regrettably I have not been able to attend each ceremony recognizing their magnificence. Nonetheless, I am proud as a peacock of each one of you! For instance while we were rock crawling in Utah last year, Jim Dukeman was soaring to new heights as a Wright Brothers Master Pilot. This FAA recognition for his contributions to aviation was extremely well deserved. Sure wish we could have been there to cheer with his many other fans!
Edit A Touching Tribute
While I am duly impressed with NC’s award, I am even more touched by an incident that occurs later that same day. The three of us stroll along Franklin Street searching for some late afternoon Sunday fare. Absorbed in our quest, we almost miss the quiet words of a ear bedazzled young man as he passes us headed in other direction. “You’re the lawyer that helped me one time,” he softly directs at NC’s retreat. I turn and catch a glimpse of the gratitude in this young man’s eyes. Now that is the kind of tribute to which I aspire.
Presenting a Jewel
Now let’s enjoy some fun with N. Clement. As you will glean from my video, he is both a Community Treasure and a Town Jewel depending on how confused I am at the moment!! Please check out the Chapel Hill Historical Society Website if you wish to read his entire, very impressive proclamation.