See About a Girl | Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

August 12, 2014 8:18 PM

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My parents once saw Robin Williams in a restaurant and he nodded to them in greeting. It was always one of my favorite stories about their life before me. The other was that my brother's Boulder preschool was on the second floor of the house that was used during Mork & Mindy. When I opened the Internet to read that he had passed away, the news blared across my screen that he had been found in his Marin County home across the bay from where I was sitting. I scrolled through photographs and watched old clips. I felt like someone significant to my life and to my family's life had walked away from us. For the first time in my life, I cried about the passing of someone I'd never actually known, but it didn't feel as strange as I thought it would.

Robin Williams actually made me cry several times over the course of my lifetime. The part in Mrs. Doubtfire where his face fell off into the street made me cry so hard as a four year old that my mom had to remove me from the room during a family screening. Jack had a similar effect, but for reasons...

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