It came. It came when, frankly, I was needing it most. Feeling drained physically, mentally, emotionally–it came.
After suffering from the return of one of those vascular headaches that would fell the mightiest among us. Turning off everything–computer, TV, phone–so that I might get a few hours of respite. Missing the opportunity to shoot stills at the Christmas concert at the high school because I couldn’t bear the thought of noise ( no judgment on the playing of the students, Mozart himself would have been unwelcome).
Feeling burdened over the news my brother-in-law, who has been ailing for a month, may be suffering strokes, worried for my legally blind sister, knowing they have had two serious near-misses on the highway. Is there a taxi service? Someone who can shuttle them to appointments? Wishing I didn’t live so far away and more reliable transport myself . . . sad because we won’t all be together sometime close to Christmas for the first time in years. My sister’s first time ever.
Thank you, Richard. It’s not going to be an easy Christmas for us here, but your lovely message, sent to Richard Armitage Central and to Richard Armitage Online, really does help. And I know it helps so many others out there, too. You are a class act, sir.
Message from Richard Armitage, 19th December 2013
Well I just wanted to come on line and wish everyone a Happy Christmas (Turkey Day or Holiday, depending on your preference) it’s been another wonderful year, which has been full of hard work, fun and surprises. Thank you for your continuing support of my work, I hope you never underestimate what that means to me personally. Seeing so many at the LA premier (sorry about the un fan-friendly red carpet) Berlin, London, Madrid is really the highlight of the year. I am very proud to have such a dedicated community of ‘well wishers’ (better word than fans…right?) Proud because of the dignity and decency with which you communicate with each other and document your ideas. It’s always illuminated with positivity and support for each other, unlikely friendships forged through a common interest. That makes me proud, and brings me to my real reason for the message. To say a huge thank you to Annette Gill, who has worked so hard on her web pages, doing exactly what I just described in a very elegant way. I think she is truly a wonderful journalist and archivist and I would like to thank her personally for all the time she spent creating and updating the site.
I wanted to wish you love and happiness for 2014, thank you for the generous gifts and the donations to the ‘Just Giving’ pages I think our totals are looking very healthy.
Without getting into a pulpit or onto soap box, (cynics tune out now!) I want to say that for me especially as I get older, this time of year becomes more about making the journey to be with family or friends and sitting around a table which hopefully has some good food on it, however bountiful that is. But for those who don’t have very much or are alone, I wish them at least a sense of peace for a day. I know that I am happiest when I can be useful, which usually involves giving time and effort towards something. That gives me peace. (Guess who’s making the gravy this year!!)
This quote isn’t meant to be maudlin, because I actually find it uplifting, but it expresses what I mean. It’s Sonya from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
What can we do? We must live out our lives….we shall live, Uncle Vanya. We shall live all through the endless procession of days ahead of us, and through the long evenings. We shall bear patiently the burdens that fate imposes on us. We shall work without rest for others, both now and when we are old. And when our final hour comes, we shall meet it humbly…. we shall enter on a bright and beautiful life. We shall rejoice… A tender smile — and — we shall rest. We shall hear the angels. We shall see heaven shining like a jewel. We shall see evil and all our pain disappear in the great pity that shall enfold the world. Our life will be as peaceful and gentle and sweet as a caress. I have faith…we shall rest.
fumblingly sent from my iPad