I am so very saddened by the loss of Robin Williams! It feels as though a member of my family has died. I never met him, but he was a presence in my life since childhood. He never failed to entertain or elicit a laugh or tear. He had a certain vulnerability that made it seem as if he was closer than just some actor on a screen. It always felt as if he were letting you share some part of him, as if he was always inviting us into his heart or his head. He felt like that favorite uncle that you never got to see enough, but were always excited whenever he came to visit. He was that favorite uncle that would join us in our childish play and enthusiasms, always respectful and never mocking, and never tire and pull out the adult card.
I have to admit, I loved him. He was not just a stranger on the screen. He was a presence in my life since childhood and I will miss him.