Dear Robin Williams

Heaven

As I sit here on this cool Friday night writing this, I am still in disbelief.  I cannot believe you are gone.  We never knew each other, but I feel such a loss, as I’m sure the entire world does.  A light has gone out.

I remember seeing you for the first time on “Happy Days” using your alien powers on Fonzie and the gang.  I had no idea who you were then.  Nor did I have any idea that you would go on to fill my life with so much laughter.  From television to movies to stand-up comedy.  I laughed until I cried.  I loved “Mork & Mindy.”  I even had the trading cards.  My first year of college, I listened to your “Live At The Met” cassette so many times, I practically memorized it.  “Aladdin” became my favorite Disney movie because of you.  Watching you in “Good Morning Vietnam” only furthered my dream to become a radio DJ, which I finally did in 1994.  The list goes on and on.  I have quoted more of your funny lines than I can count.  The first time I ever saw you in a dramatic role, I thought, “there’s no way a guy this funny could pull it off.”  But you did.  I remember thinking what a wonderful person you must be and that if the opportunity ever came along, that one day I would like to shake your hand.  Maybe even give you a hug.

When I saw the news notification on my phone on Monday evening of your passing, I remember thinking it was a rumor.  A mistake.  There was no way Robin Williams was gone.  It had to be wrong.  People die.  It’s just a fact of life.  But not you.  You were larger than life.  But the news footage only confirmed my shock and fear.  You were gone.  A cold shiver ran down my spine.  It was the end of an era.  I stood there, alone, looking up into the sky and wondering why…

You brought so much laughter and joy to this world.  Yet you were in so much pain.  I cannot imagine the pain you must have been in, thinking that this world would be better off without you.  I will not analyze you or judge you.  But I would like to say thank you for all of the wonderful things you have done; for the countless lives, including mine, that you have touched.  I only hope with all my heart that your pain has come to an end and that you are finally at peace.

Rest well, Mr. Williams.  I shall miss you.

Love,

-Tom

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