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A blessed moment in time for me

 I will always regard as the greatest moment of the then 37 years I had spent as a journalist that evening in May 2004 when Nelson Mandela set foot on T&t soil upon his arrival at the Piarco International Airport. 

I had spent the earlier part of that memorable day researching his life and being completely awed by the pages and pages of accolades and honours that had been bestowed upon the great man. This was in preparation for my live TTT commentary on the historic visit. 

I was therefore fully prepared for what turned out to be the lengthiest and most comprehensive dissertation I was ever required to do on a human being on live television. 

What I was not prepared for was the emotion that would overtake me on seeing Nelson Mandela, this incomparable titan of a man, on my home soil and mere feet away from where I stood talking about him.

 I was not ashamed to brush away the tears that clouded my eyes nor to succumb to the emotional tremor in my voice.

I absolutely felt myself blessed to be in the presence of Nelson Mandela, a living treasure that occurs only once in several lifetimes.

Errol S Pilgrim

Brazil Village

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