My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…
Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.
Friend Like Me - Aladdin
Rest in peace, Robin Williams
"Comedy is acting out optimism."
- Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014)
RIP Robin Williams, thanks for the laughs and comfort when I really needed it. Your amazing legacy in film and comedy will live on forever as long as people can laugh. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the Williams family and anyone else who needs a little support.
I have never been so saddened by the loss of a celebrity. I’ve had tears in my eyes since I heard the news. Mr. Williams was a source of inspiration for me and I always hoped one day I would be able to meet him and tell him that in person.
Robin, thank you for teaching me to seize the day, to find my own voice, to never grow up, that my wildest wishes could come true, to fight for what I believe in, to accept who I am, to know that I can be so much more than what I came from, that I can survive my darkest of times, that laughter is a much better medicine, to never stop learning, and to keep moving forward.
You will always be a hero to me and I will never forget what you taught me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.” - Dead Poets Society
Proud of Your Boy - Adam Jacobs
From Disney’s Aladdin
Friend Like Me - James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Jacobs & The Original Broadway Cast
from Disney’s Aladdin
I may have teared up. I might still be teary eyed. Although I have little hope for it on this Earth, I still pray for peace in our Small World.
Yes, I realized that after, but I’ve been too busy to edit it haha. Thanks. Fixed now!
Friend Like Me - Aladdin the Musical
From a pre-Broadway preview. Some of these mistakes have probably tightened up. Spoilers for those who prefer to see it live.