The future of art?
The Redditor involved sits next to me at work. How fantastic is that? He took the photos in the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork and now he’s internet-famous. My first reaction was, “Don’t blink!”
So I spent an hour and a half this evening looking for a school bag for my youngest son (8) before he eventually settled on one he liked. As I was paying for it, I grumbled to the guy at the checkout, “You wouldn’t see men trundling round the shops like this, looking for a schoolbag.” “True,” says he before adding, “Then again, we wouldn’t have left it this late either…” Ooh, burn!
We were at a wedding yesterday that had the most fantastic gospel choir - the first time I’ve ever seen that at a Catholic service. After one particularly powerful performance by the lead vocalist, that had us all swaying in the aisles, the congregation burst into spontaneous applause. After which, the priest began to solemnly intone the Agnus Dei prayer, “Lamb of God…” Talk about polar opposites. As my husband quipped, “Such a cheerful religion, isn’t it?!” Cue a major dose of the giggles, hurriedly suppressed.
"You know how to whistle don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." R.I.P. to the legendary Lauren Bacall (1924 - 2014).
My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…
Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~ Plato
For the woman I met who wondered what Robin Williams had to be “sad” about.
“O Captain! My Captain!
Rise up and hear the bells.
Rise up, for you the flag is flung
For you, the bugle trills…”
We hear of celebrity deaths all the time, some sudden, some expected but few have hit me as hard as the untimely passing of Robin Williams. I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that he’s really gone. I’d seen him interviewed so many times and I always saw the sadness behind the smiles. He touched so many lives and, even though we never knew him, we felt like we did and that’s why we’re grieving, as the world has truly lost a unique soul. It seems like a light has gone out of the world and I know that he will be sorely missed by his friends, family, and fans alike.
Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam (may he rest in peace) mar ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís (for we will never see his like again).