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    Posted August 14, 2014 by
    cotati, California
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    In Memoriam

    It's o.k. to be a kid

    I was at Pier 39 (in San Francisco) with a friend and his family. While on the second floor walkway, I watched as someone threw paper money and it floated down to the first level.

    My friend and I rushed down to see where it was going. After making our way to the inner edge of the crowd that was gathered, we saw this guy with messy hair in suspenders doing what I know now as performing.

    My image from that day is of him just standing against a support post, seemingly calm while every adult was out of control.

    Many months later I realized that it was that guy on Mork and Mindy. I think I was 12.

    I remember just waiting for him to do whatever would he would do next. I sat, staring, watching.

    I didn't meet Robin Williams that day, but I was introduced to him nonetheless.

    As I look back, I think about how I was amazed that an adult could be a kid and that it was o.k. to do so in front of a bunch of other adults.

    A revelation ... it's o.k. to be a kid!

    I think that experience helped me find the permission to be a kid when I had kids.

    I believe my children appreciated it too.

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