I don’t usually post things like this on my blog.? This isn’t the most polished or perfect or even funny remembrance of Robin Williams that is sure to come out over the next couple of days.? But this is written in the moment and with an enormously heavy heart.
There’s no other way to say it:? I’m greatly saddened by the loss of this phenomenal talent and person.
I never met him, of course.? But I knew him, you know?? I grew up with the brilliance of Robin Williams.
We go way back.
As a little girl I remember Mork from Happy Days.
He was my childhood Popeye.
I snuck next door to the neighbors house to watch my first rated R movie: The World According to Garp.
I was too young to grasp the complexities of Good Morning, Vietnam, but I loved watching an actor make me laugh and cry in the same film.
Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage, Good Will Hunting, Night at the Museum…and on and on.
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But he did not love the way HE felt.? He battled depression & demons we can’t begin to understand.
I pray that his death will open conversation to the real issues of mental health that we have in this country.
I continue to pray for those affected by these diseases of the mind and that they find help that WORKS before they make choices like Mr. Williams.
O Captain, My Captain.? You are missed and it’s been mere hours.
I hope you found the peace and freedom you sought.
Do you have a favorite Robin Williams memory?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)