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Robin Williams

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Today, along with millions of other people, I am mourning the loss of the great Robin Williams.  A man who’s death shocked the world.  Everything about him seemed to personify happiness and he seemed so full of life. Leaving the world this way seems an unthinkable contradiction.  For a man who filled so many people with laughter, it is so hard to understand that behind that facade, he was faced with so many demons.  Depression, drugs, alcoholism.  On the outside he wore a smile and seemed to have it all, yet inside he was fighting a battle everyday.

I just looked through his list of works on IMDB and counted at least 18 movies that I watched him in.  That doesn’t even count the television shows.  I think I watched every episode of Mork and Mindy before I was even twelve years old and then over and over again in reruns!  He brought laughter to my home as a child and he continued to do so with my own children.

I knew that I wanted to write about him today, but wasn’t sure exactly how to do it.  I decided that since he was a man of so many words, I would approach it by using words from his own movies.  He was known for so much of his comedic work, but there were also so many profound and unforgettable quotes regarding death and loss as well.

Patch Adams,“What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen.” 

Goodwill Hunting, “Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.”

Jumangi, “What, are you crying? You don’t cry, all right? You keep your chin up. Come on, keep your chin up. Crying never helped anybody do anything, okay? You have a problem, you face it like a man.”

What Dreams May Come, “A whole human life is just a heartbeat here in Heaven. Then we’ll all be together forever.”

Night at the Museum, “Some men are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.”

Awakenings, Read the newspaper. What does it say? All bad. It’s all bad. People have forgotten what life is all about. They’ve forgotten what it is to be alive. They need to be reminded. They need to be reminded of what they have and what they can lose. What I feel is the joy of life, the gift of life, the freedom of life, the wonderment of life!”

Mrs. Doubtfire, “…But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever. All my love to you, poppet, you’re going to be all right… bye-bye. 

 Aladdin, Aladdin “So, three wishes. I want them to be good. What would you wish for?” Genie, “Me? No one’s ever asked me that before. Well, in my case. Ah, forget it.” Aladdin, “What?” Genie, “No, I can’t I…” Aladdin, “Come on, tell me.” Genie, (sigh), “Freedom.”

Perhaps now, he gotten his wish.





Today was one of those days where I really didn’t know what to write about and now it is nearly 10 p and I still haven’t written my blog for the day.  On days like today, I like to see if anything inspires me and gives me that spark to write.  There are so many days that I have no problem getting something written and other days like today where I wait and wait for a prompt and am left with nothing.

Emmy Lou woke us up at 5:30 am, on my one sleep in day looking for a morning walk.  I woke with a headache which always makes it difficult to go back to sleep so I took her for a morning walk and snuggled up on the couch hoping that my medicine would kick in and I’d get back to sleep.  I didn’t but at least my headache went away.

I took one of my favorite classes with one of my favorite friends and it was a great start to the day.  My blog is always on my mind and I am always looking for something to ignite an idea and during class one of the ladies in the group told me a funny story about looking in the mirror and noticing how great her arms were looking…until she realized that they weren’t her arms, but they were mine!  A nice compliment which gave me a big laugh.

I was able to make our new favorite treat, White Chocolate Salted Caramel Rice Krispie treats for our new neighbors and Drew and I dropped them off and welcomed them to the neighborhood.  I tried a new recipe for Drew, homemade bbq potato chips that are supposed to be just like Famous Dave’s BBQ chips.  Dave and I declared them to be a pretty close rival but I still haven’t totally won Drew over on them.  He ate them though…and that was a big step!

Overall, a pretty good day up until then, but still, not enough to write an entire blog about.

Sadly, this morning I read about a local mom who was only 42, who lost her battle with cancer today.  I did not know her but she and her family have been on my mind all day.  If I had known more about her, I would have shared her story and the amazing stories of courage and love I have read about her today.

Tonight, the boys went to a movie with my brothers and Dave and I stayed home and watched, The Butler, which was quite possibly one of the best movies that I have seen in a very long time.  It made me so sad to know that only 5o years ago, so much segregation and hatred was still going on.  I can’t imagine living in a world where we could not all live together the way we do today.  It reminded me of when I talk to my students about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.  The looks on their faces when we talk about it are filled with bewilderment and confusion.

All of these things throughout the day, led me to write today’s blog.  Just a lot of things that made up a pretty “regular day.”  I guess not everyday is a story in itself, but a lot of little things that make up my life.