mickey rooney dies at 93
I know perhaps when people say think of a hero not many would say mickey rooney, but I am not most people as I am sure you have by now realised, and to me and I hope one or two others he was one hell of a hero
what makes a hero? a ‘hero’ it’s quite a hard title to earn really isn’t it. To me mickey is a hero because I grew up and still to this day and beyond adoring all old black and white movies, it is a known fact in our house that during the course of an afternoon you will at some point here the stampede of my children running from the front room shouting ‘mum’s watching old people’s stuff again’ it is a very effective way of clearing the front room ^_^
but those old movies and yes even some of the old colour ones I adore, they bring to me another world, not one that ever really existed it’s more the presentation of an ideal world, one where people are kind and respectful, one where jonny wins the day and the girls heart because he did the right thing, a world where neighbours pull together in hard times, a world where over the rainbow really exists and a world where a good song a jolly dance and we are all happy.
To me all those films represent ‘it’s a wonderful life’ and yes I make the kids watch that one with me religiously every christmas ^_^ and part of all this magic is the wonderful mickey rooney, he had that fabulous face just to see him grin would make me smile, when he talked I listened and listened long as he wove that magic world around me, brought it to life and etched it on my memory, to me mickey is that magic along with the likes of judy garland, fred astaire, cary grant, audrey hepburn, humphrey bogart, gene kelly, I could go on but I won’t, I am sure these names and many more are familiar to everyone and yet it’s many years since any of those films they starred in have been made, yet even today their legend is so strong you are hard pushed to find someone who doesn’t recognise their names.
so to me mickey rooney is a hero, he brought magic and wonder, he brought other worlds to life and he helped many people forget their own troubles, and isn’t that one of the best types of magic anyone can experience? to be safely and magically swept away from the hardship or just mundane lives to another place and entertained in such a way that when they are landed back in reality it is somehow a little changed, for the better? or for the diehards who insist their live may well be the same I still say well for me and countless others mickey rooney was a hero, a star, and for the hour and half of each film he made he took us on a journey, and we loved every minute, and for me my life WAS better for him being in it, for his films being part of it and for his smile brightening up my world and I thank him for being that hero
goodnight god bless mickey you are and always be a hero in my eyes