Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dear Robin Williams and Zelda, an open letter to them

Dear Robin Williams,

Thank you for all the joy and laughter you brought to so many of us over the years. In spite of and despite of the personal battle you were fighting all that time, you delighted countless fans all over the world. As an alien in "Mork & Mindy," Genie in "Aladdin," a nanny in "Mrs. Doubtfire," a doctor in "Patch Adams," a dad in "RV," a boy who grew too fast in "Jack," a nutty professor in "Flubber," a great teacher in "Dead's Poet Society," and many other roles I may not even know or have never seen. 

Mr. Williams, I am sorry that society failed you miserably. If only there were no stigmas. If only more churches were proactively ministering to and with families like yours and mine and many others who struggle with mental health issues and other special needs instead of demonizing them and insisting that if only we prayed more, repented more, or just had a little more faith than we do. 

Mr. Williams, you will be sorely missed. And I do hope that you are now in a place of oeace and comfort now. You were not a coward and you were not selfish.

Zelda, I never knew you and never really saw you until the media circus, but if you see this, I want you and your brothers and all of your dad's loves to know that you are loved and that we are glad that you chose to share your dad with us on some level. We did not know him the way you did. We only knew what he chose to share with us. And what I saw was a kind man who cared about everyone and everything. I mean, a man who goes out of his way to meet a gorilla who can only use sign language to communicate, rescue dogs, and even raise money for children who battle with cancer must be kind, right? Your father will always be remembered for the joy and the tears he brought to us on the small and the large screens. And he will be sorely missed. I am sorry that there are people out there who ended up bullying you. Stand strong though! Know that God loves you and will comfort you during this time of grief and mourning.

Love in Christ,

Susan

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