The Laughter, The Fun, The Silence

I was all set to post something about rebooting old stories when the news of Robin Williams’ death hit me like a ton of bricks.  When I was a child I experienced my grandmother dying of cancer.  It was a tough time for me. I watched Mork and Mindy and for a time I escaped that sad time, I laughed and I was able to feel like the kid I was.  I wrote my first fan letter to Robin Williams (Mork) letting him know how much I loved him and the show and what it meant to me. I never thought I’d get anything in return. I didn’t even know that could happen.  But, one day something came in the mail.  It was a photo of him in his Mork outfit and on the back a line of encouragement that meant more to me at that time in my life than anyone could know.  I tacked the picture next to my bed where it remained long after my grandmother passed.

Listening to the radio today I heard something that really was quite profound for me. I know depression is an illness.  People wonder how someone like Robin Williams, who had so much laughter to give, so much life, could be so depressed that he took his own life.  Well, that’s like asking why good people get cancer.  No one asks for it. No one deserves it. They didn’t do something to get it. Sometimes, it just happens.  It totally sucks, but all you can do is hope someone finds help, and help them if you can.

There is help.  You need to know where to go for it, or where to go to help someone you love or know.  Know the signs.  Know you can’t “fix” it and are not to blame for it.  Here is a link for you-  Crisis Hotline.

There is a time for everything.  Now it is time to say goodbye.  But, don’t forget to hold on to the laughter, the fun, the good times that came before.  They are a cloak for your heart.

What was your favorite show, movie or funny line from the late, great Robin Williams?

You are free now genie

You are free now genie

About Sheila Clover English

International speaker, business woman, author, mother, wife and owner of seven dogs. I love people, am an advocate for animals and stay up too late at night reading books.
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6 Responses to The Laughter, The Fun, The Silence

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Sheila, what a wonderful memory you have! And thanks so much for this post. Robin’s passing has been on my mind with everything I’ve done to day.

    He’s been in so many great shows that I can’t get it down to one. He could be funny and manic – and he could be sad and say so much with just a look on his face. He was special, and he won’t be forgotten.

  2. Misty Evans says:

    I’ll miss Robin, too, Sheila. What a terrific actor. I watched Mork and Mindy faithfully and watched most of his movies. One of my fondest memories of him is when he was on the Johnny Carson show. I laughed until I cried. http://youtu.be/iqdSagycCWc

  3. Mary Hughes says:

    Sheila, this is a beautiful tribute and a terrifically important post. Robin Williams brought verve and brilliance to everything he did. I am greatly saddened by his loss. You’ve also shed light on a difficult but vital topic. Depression is so misunderstood. Thank you for this post!

  4. Probably his most memorable role for me is as the Genie in Aladdin. He really made that movie something special.
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …August movies, here I come …

  5. What a wonderful memory to have of Robin, Sheila. I was a Mork and Mindy fan, too. A fan of everything he did, really. He was so talented and I’ll always remember how he made me laugh.
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Beach Love

  6. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Sheila,

    I’m glad you wrote this! I’m so sorry we’ve lost him! He’s been an icon in my life and he will be sorely missed.
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …USA Today List!!!

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