Sometimes I think of movies as similar to restaurants. There a lot of really good ones out there, but I’ve got to really love them to try them a second time. Most of the time I’d rather try an old favorite, rather than venture out and risk my time and money on something new.
There are only a handful of movies I’ve watched that I’ve totally lost track of the number of times I’ve seen them. Robin Williams lays claim to at least eight of them: Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Hook, Jack, Patch Adams, and the Birdcage to name a few. Some I haven’t watched since I was a kid like Aladdin and FernGully, but their magic has stayed with me throughout growing up. Then there are the Williams' films that even though I own them all, when one pops up on TV I’m seemingly sucked in for hours on end, commercials and all.
Robin Williams is permanently ingrained in my life in a number of different ways, but none more than an unlikely quote from the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. In the movie Williams has just taken his kids to the country club pool to meet his (separated) wife and her current love interest, Stu. Across the bar Williams hears Stu saying something rude about him and chucks a lime at his head and as he turns around exclaims, “Oh, sir. I saw it! Some angry member of the kitchen staff, Did you not tip them? Oh, the terrorists! They ran that way. It was a run-by fruiting. I'll get them, sir. Don't worry.”
It’s a quote that over the years has become a staple in our household. Whenever my Dad tossed a piece of fruit at me or any of my siblings it was always dubbed a “run-by” or “drive-by” fruiting. In fact about a month ago on my way to my office I saw a bunch of discarded fruit on the sidewalk. I couldn’t help but chuckle out loud and take a quick photo to send to my Dad. That quote has my family smiling over 20 years later.
That’s what Williams was known for, making people smile and bringing joy into the hearts of others. After seeing all the celebrity tweets over the past 24 hours about how well loved Robin was and how he was such a sweet and kind person makes me wonder, would he still be here today if people weren’t so afraid to show affection and love all the time? It doesn't take much time to reach out to someone you know who may be struggling or having a bad day to let them know that they make a difference to you, and the world is a better place with them in it. What if we each said a kind word to someone we loved each day, and then also a stranger? Would it make a difference? It might not be able to help Robin Williams but if it makes a difference in one other person’s life, it matters.
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