i loved robin williams’ work…
i loved robin williams’ work and so am affected by the announcement of his death.
but my reaction is not really sadness because, frankly, i didnt know him personally and had no real intimate relationship with him in any way whatsoever.
what i saw in the movies, no matter how much i might have been moved by one fleetingly, was the role he was playing and so, while i was affected, it was by a character and not really robin. it was just make believe.
more than anything what i am sitting with tonight, more than any kind of sadness, what moves me in the face of his apparent suicide, which is not a film, is that scene from dead poets society where his character recites the first lines of herrick’s poem to the virgins, to make much of time.
"gather ye rosebuds while ye may"
at this point in my life, the rosebuds are really more about family than anything, my wife and two boys.