It came. In spite of everything, it came. And just when I needed it most.


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

Hi everyone,

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

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

12 responses »

  1. Richard’s post made me cry, at 2:49 CST in the morning, preparing for third shift, working at home in customer service. I’ve had a very rough year, and it did lift my spirits. It was just what I needed. Thank you.

    • *hugs* I think quite a few of us have had one of those tough, rough years. God bless him for remembering us again and for thanking Annette for all her hard work through the years. ❤

  2. It was a lovely and thoughtful message.

    I’m sorry you have so many worries, Angie. It’s hard enough battling wth disability and pain yourself, and to be worried for ailing relatives is a burden you don’t need.

    {{{{{{{{{{{big hug}}}}}}}}}}}

  3. I’m in the queue to hug you, and I just wish that I could do more. Yes, Richard’s message is a comfort, isn’t it? I love the man who wrote that letter.

  4. I must say I’d put Richard’s messages out of my mind completely once none was forthcoming at the time of the LA premiere, so it was a lovely surprise today. I’m glad RA’s words gave you a bit of a much needed pick-me-up Angie.
    Take care, and I wish you well for a happy Christmas, all the way from sweltering Sydney!

  5. Oh Angie such a tough time for you love and hugs from me & love & licks from Daisy. Oh Richard you are such a lovely man what a surprise to receive this message Bless You

  6. I loved his message and was amazed that he found time to do it (however “fumblingly” it may have seemed to him). He is truly an inspiration and a wonderful man–I hope the New Year brings tons of terrific opportunities his way, including some he might actrually be interested in doing!

  7. Sending you (((hugs))) Angie. I’m glad that Richard’s letter has given you comfort, and hope that despite the tough time you’re going through, you are able to enjoy Christmas with Benny and your beloved pets.
    I’m also glad for Richard’s new fans, that they can now share in the delight of hearing from him through his lovely message. For me, he somehow seems that he is writing for each of us, and I love him for that. He is a darling.

    • I hadn’t thought about that until you said it, Mezz–but it does seem exactly like that. That he understands a lot of us are having a tough time this year for whatever reasons and wants us to know that his heart is with us.

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