Thursday, 14 August 2014

If There's Love

I was so very shocked and sad to hear about the passing of Robin Williams earlier this week. I'm not normally one to really mark celebrity deaths, but this one really did get me. Instead of writing a long post and getting my words all muddled, I thought I'd just share a small piece of his work that will always stay with me. I watched many of his films during my childhood and loved them, but I first watched Mrs Doubtfire with my dad not too long (if I remember rightly) after my parents separated. This is the end monologue of the film, which will always make me cry big fat tears, but was exactly what I needed to hear at the time.

'You know, some parents, when they're angry, they get along much better when they don't live together. They don't fight all the time, and they can become better people, and much better mummies and daddies for you. And sometimes they get back together. And sometimes they don't, dear. And if they don't, don't blame yourself. Just because they don't love each other anymore, doesn't mean that they don't love you. There are all sorts of different families, Katie. Some families have one mummy, some families have one daddy, or two families. And some children live with their uncle or aunt. Some live with their grandparents, and some children live with foster parents. And some live in separate homes, in separate neighborhoods, in different areas of the country, and they may not see each other for days, or weeks, months... even years at a time. But if there's love, dear... those are the ties that bind, and you'll have a family in your heart, forever. All my love to you poppet, you're going to be alright... bye bye.'

Rest in peace, Mr Williams.

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