(a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014)
Julia: just chillin' on the sofa. Looking peaceful.
Well I just can't summon the energy to write a fun little post for you all today. I am super sad about Robin Williams. I saw 'Dead Poets Society' when I was 19. It spoke to me like no other movie has ever spoken to me, pretty much. I saw it over a half dozen times, in the theater. Pretty much every movie I've ever seen with Robin Williams had a huge impact on me.
I watched a lot of TV as a kid. And I'm here to tell you that I never missed a single episode of 'Mork & Mindy'. I read a lot of books ~ I wasn't the most active child around. I lived in my imagination. It was a vastly preferable place to me than the real world.
I've been thinking a lot of about what it was about Robin that affected me so much. I think it was the empathy and sadness he always conveyed in addition to the laughter. He was the reason I was so floored by 'The Fisher King' and 'Good Will Hunting'. He seemed so gentle and humble behind the manic humor. I just don't think he could have conveyed those qualities to the extent he did, if they were not somehow tied to parts of his essential character.
The only other celebrity death that ever impacted me in a similar way was when Princess Diana died. I know she had her problems, but again, she seemed to radiate this inner kindness that I just adored.
Is it strange to say that with all of the people in the world....it really seems a lot emptier without Robin Williams in it. He was one of the most magical performers I've ever seen. I'll never ever forget his movies, so many of them just the bestest of the best for kids. My daughter just watched 'Jumanji' for the first time two weeks ago, and it's now her favorite movie, she's watched it 4 times in the past 2 weeks. I can't wait until she sees 'Mrs. Doubtfire' someday. I can't wait until she sees 'Dead Poets'.
I'm so sorry he suffered the way he did. If you have depression and/or anxiety out there, I'm sorry if you're suffering too. Be as well as you can, my sweet friends. xoxo