The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual event that was created to provide national recognition to individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contribution to American culture through the performing arts. My wife and I have watched this event on television for many years and consider it the most outstanding event of its kind. We had the pleasure of attending this year’s event in person.
Kennedy Center Honors usually select five extraordinary people. Tribute is paid to each of the recipients by individuals whose lives have been touched or in some way been significantly influenced by these people.
Ray Romano paid tribute to one of this year’s honorees, David Letterman. He thanked him for the gigantic break that Letterman gave him early in his career when Letterman’s production company built a show around Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond. I was thinking, what an extraordinary way to express profound gratitude to someone.
But here is the rest of the story. Ray Romano became emotional during his tribute and his voice quivered when he acknowledged regretfully, “My father passed away, I never told him I loved him….I love you, David Letterman”.
Ray, in that one sentence, poignantly shared both the pain that one experiences from regrets for things we wish we had said to people who have profoundly influenced our lives as well as the joyfulness from acknowledging those people when they are alive. Clearly demonstrating once again, “This Is the Moment”.
Thank you, Ray Romano.