I can’t really say that I grew up to Robin Williams’ movies. You see when I was growing up, I didn’t have access to a lot movies. We didn’t have VHS, we seldom go to the movies because we didn’t have money, apart from the fact that if we want to, we’d have to commute, ride a bus, travel for at least an hour to go to the nearest updated movie theater. I got into movies when I already was in college and lived 5 days in a week in the city. Pity, I know, but at that time, it was okay.
I remember when I was in high school, my classmates would be raving on how good Jumanji was and I can’t join the conversation because I haven’t watched it and I don’t know what it was about.
Up to this point, I still haven’t gotten the chance to watch Jumanji. I’ve heard of Peter Pan, Patch Adams, What Dreams May Come, but just the same, I haven’t watched them all!
But I did watch Mrs. Doubtfire.
I got to watch it in RPN 9, the defunct TV channel that is now Solar Entertainment. If I remember correctly, I watched on a Saturday evening with my aunt. They would usually show movies at around 9pm on a Saturday and I can watch because it’s not a school day the following day and we usually consider this our TV bonding hour (now that I mentioned that, I kinda miss it!)
Mrs. Doubtfire was a charming movie. It grew in me because I too, am a product of a broken family and has a mom who has to work to provide for my needs. Not that I got to have a nanny too, but still. I related to it. I found Mrs. Charming affectionate. And that impeccable Scottish tone was just music to my ears!
Learning that Robin Williams passed away recently sure affected me – not as much as those who got to experience his entire body of work I know, but to some extent too because he played a part in my childhood. I think that’s why social media was in frenzy because of this news. He was a part of everyone’s childhood. I now know how it feels to learn of someone that you have loved and idolized, someone who showed so much life and happiness, who died in such depressing fashion.
Depression is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed now, especially by parents. As a parent myself, I think it’s imperative that you make yourself present in your kid’s life. That you are aware of their state of being. And I think it’s important that at a young age, you instill in them the benefits of positivity, of rising everytime you fall, of laughing at your mistakes and on not taking life too seriously.These and everything else will be their foundation as they grow up, and will prepare them to face the real world when that time comes.