My Dishwasher Can Wait. Things Feel Wrong.

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I had grand plans of sitting down tonight to write something witty or funny or sweet. If that didn’t work, I would resort to the stuff I usually write (ba-dum-bum-ching!). I have several blog drafts just waiting for a little of my attention, which has been mostly elsewhere this summer. But tonight seemed like the kind of night where I could bang something out. Something pretty good. Something that would at least bring a few smiles. And then today happened.

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Robin Williams Photo: photo credit: Chris Robertshaw via photopin cc

It feels wrong to post some in-depth analysis of what exactly makes emptying the dishwasher such a loathsome job, as if nothing else is happening. I mean, in my little corner, that IS what is happening. But only because I am lucky today. I am blessed today. I am privileged today. Elsewhere, the same can not be said. My city is attacking itself. Slaughters of the innocent are happening in countries near and far. And I just found out that a man whose brilliance often helped people momentarily forget the weights of the world felt his own too heavily, and now he is lost to us. So, yeah. Things feel wrong. Maybe not wrong in my house, or immediately outside my door, or even anywhere to which I could still drive while the gas light is on.

But it also seems that right now, the rest of the world doesn’t really need another blog post carrying on as if nothing wrong is happening. It also doesn’t need another one giving opinions or arguing sides or eulogizing the dead. Because there are enough of those, and I don’t really know what I would say anyway.

So I am simply going to offer my prayers…for my city, for victims of injustice and violence, for the incomparable Robin Williams and his loved ones. And I ask you do the same.

Emptying the dishwasher will still be a loathsome job when things feel right again, and I’m sure I will have plenty to say about it.

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  1. Sincerely Kate

    I’m planning to watch Hook tomorrow, but I’m worried that’s just going to bum me out even more. It’s so sad to think that someone who brought so much happiness to others had so many demons keeping him from his own. *Sigh*

    • AreYouFinishedYet

      That seems to be a far too common story. It makes me sad. My kids and I watched “Hook” not long ago. In fact, when I was looking for pictures of Robin Williams for this post, my son came up and said, “Hey, that guy looks like Peter Pan.” 🙂

      • austintxstuff

        I definitely feel like I should do a mini movie marathon in his honor: Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and maybe something I haven’t seen before.
        So sad.

        • AreYouFinishedYet

          I haven’t seen Good Morning Vietnam in such a long time. I think that would be my choice. And maybe Aladdin with my kids. I have to admit, even in his “bad” movies, I always loved his performance.

  2. Anna Lea West

    We just have to practice constant kindness because people everywhere are hurting … and you just never know the extent of others sadness or hopelessness. Be kind, be compassionate, be selfless and try to fully GRASP that “there but for the grace of God go I.”

    PS. having said this, I actually am planning on posting some nonsense today :-/

  3. Angie

    Even dealing with the dishwasher can be a way to pray for all the others! Every good thing counts! We can all do our little part to make the world a better place. We have a lot of work to do.

  4. Fonda Richards

    I have seen just about everything that he has done, but the one show that will always be with me was the show he did right after 9/11. It was to honor our responders. It was a dark time in the country and he was able to bring a smile to us. I remember saying right after the show that only Robin Williams could have done that. He will be missed. St. Louis could use some of his humor right now.

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