I’ve never been so shocked and deeply saddened by the death of an actor. When I got a text from my closest friend that simply read “Robin Williams died” I stared at it for awhile wondering what it meant. The words were there but nothing sank in. All I thought was that maybe I should go check the internet, that there was some mistake or a large mean prank was about to go down. 

Than I read “suicide” in the headlines and broke down crying. Williams acting career was my childhood and a happy one at that. I grew up to reruns of Mork & Mindy, sing-a-longs with the genie, flying in Hook, running through Jumanji and cross dressing as Mrs.Doubtfire. Once I was older, and learned of his stand-up career, I collected all his stand up routines on DVDs or CDs. My ‘Live At The Mets’ copy became too scratched up from use to listen to anymore.

I even waited in a cramped hanger for two hours to see him perform for the troops.

While I may never have known him personally, he shaped my childhood with his wonderful energy and I love him for that.

RIP Robin, you will be missed.