Thank You Richard, For The JOY!
This post is about gratitude, frankly something that there isn’t enough of in the world. I don’t have bad days because I’m thankful for every single day. There’s too many who won’t get to see tomorrow, let alone today, and too many who are already gone too soon. Because of the reckless and crazy life I lived when I was younger, by all rights I should have been one of those dead, but I survived somehow and have been nothing but grateful and thankful since that I’m still breathing. I’m also very grateful to other people who enrich my life, whether directly or by performance. Early in life I got addicted to live performances, sports and bands became a major part of my life in my teens. From playing in them I got the love and approval that I didn’t get at home. I also got a lot of other stuff, that is a story for another day.
Skip to many years later. Richard Armitage came into my life in 2003 via the telly, and North & South was the watershed moment where he became 1 of my 3 top favourite actors. I was so touched, I wrote him my first letter at that time, expressing my pleasure & gratitude to him for giving such an intense, thoroughly immersed performance, yet allowing for some of his personality to show through. This perception of mine became solidified when I saw the 1st series of BBC’s Robin Hood, which prompted another letter of thanks from me. So as the years have gone by, this unique way of performance has become Richard’s hallmark, and he has definitely earned my love for it.
In 2010 there came confirmed news that a fan loves to hear: your fave has been cast in a film franchise you adore! That, of course, was Peter Jackson’s J. R. R. Tolkien films, whose Lord of the Rings trilogy (starring one of my other top faves, Sean Bean) is among my very fave films. Even better, Richard had gotten the major part in The Hobbit of dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield, the deposed King Under the Mountain. I spent the next years in keen anticipation, watching for production updates, knowing that he would do the part all of the justice it deserved. And I wasn’t disappointed, his performance was everything I thought it would be… and more! (Click for my review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) On Twitter in December I saw a lady, Janine Pineo, propose for fans to write Richard thank you notes, but send them to her to mail in a group package for him. I was so happy to see other people as grateful as me! I was going to write my own thank you anyway, but sending with a group is a much better surprise for a person, plus this time I wanted to give back to Richard with more than just words. Janine had thoughtfully provided a graphical note whose picture expressed that wonderful moment in the film, but my printer wasn’t working. I then decided to do something I’ve done before, duplicate the image as pencil art, with metallic paint accents. That’s what the picture above is, sorry I didn’t get a better photo before mailing, didn’t think I’d need it! The other thank you’s were beautiful & heartfelt too, here is the link to Janine’s summary post, with her pictures & thoughts about it, which mirrored mine:
Thank You Janine, and as always, Thank You Richard, For the JOY!
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