Tareef. Praise. Roger Ebert.

Roger Ebert died today. He was 70. This link below has been sitting in the drafts folder of my blog for a long time.
Of course I am proud of the words he used to describe me. I am proud of the connections he fostered between so many people and me.
I still don’t have words to describe or understand the miraculous bond we shared. How did he see in me what I was not aware of? How did he see what had become dormant…why was he so determined to help me find my voice?I’m going to sit down and write it all down. I’m going to tell you and tell myself the whole story.
Rest in Peace, Roger Ebert.

About Natasha Badhwar

"Because I'm a Tinker. That's who I am. Tinkers fix things. But I can't do it alone." (Pause for lots of action. Group Action......) "You did it, Tinker, you saved Spring!" I also have three children, one marriage, a million friends and one life.
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3 Responses to Tareef. Praise. Roger Ebert.

  1. I posted two comments about Mr. Ebert's passing on Facebook (both of which you've seen), but otherwise I've shied away from discussing his passing. Most of it has been about his career as a film reviewer and to be honest, that aspect of his legacy doesn't mean much to me. I was drawn much more to his personal blog posts and tweets through which I got a sense of who he was as an individual. That he was a famed film critic was almost entirely irrelevant to me in much the same way that I forget you have your own professional identity. I think of you instead as my friend Natasha – candid, courageous and ridiculously skilled in the use of language(s).At this time, I'm only comfortable saying that I am sincerely grateful that he "introduced" you to me via Twitter. In connecting the two of us across the globe, he made the world smaller; and now it is smaller still without him in it. I share his admiration for your writing and his faith in you – but then, I'm pretty sure you already knew that. 😉

  2. Natasha says:

    My dear Travis,I know nothing about my skill in the use of languages, and I am sure it is better this way.I have written an In Memoriam piece on Ebert and I'll share it with you as soon as it is published. I read it after it was typed and I was amazed at how much I knew about him and how much I reveal of myself when I write to him or about him.Love and hugs, Natasha

  3. It's quite alright that you don't learn about your skill with languages; the rest of us learn from you daily. You just keep being you and the rest of us will continue to be your grateful students.I've not been able to bring myself to write anything about Mr. Ebert. I was invited to contribute to a group post for a movie website, but I declined. I imagine your forthcoming piece will not only say whatever I may have said, but also be able to tell me why I can't say it myself.Love and hugs to you, too.

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