The purpose was just to think of
things concerning John, his roles, JABB, and the like
that we wish we could share with our younger
selves. Some lessons are funny, others
bittersweet. The following is what Cindy and I
came up with.
1. Don’t be afraid of Doc Hock. Go ahead and watch Tour
of Duty and stop agonizing over it. You’ll be
okay. True, it *will* increase your affection and
admiration for John... but you’ll be glad for that
So you’re thinking of starting a series of stories
featuring Andrew gallivanting around a place called
Dyeland with a group of friends vaguely reminiscent
of your own? Fantastic! But do not... I repeat do
NOT... name your character after yourself. I don’t
care if your friend started it first. Have them
change it! How about a nice name like Marianne or
Bethany or (why not?) Persephone. Just not
JenniAnn... Please leave me with my name!
After age 25, you will never be able to watch Mother,
Mother without crying. And that’s okay.
There will be dark days. Your heart will break along
with several others. But never, ever forget what
John so beautifully said as Andrew: "I want you to
know there's nothing... nothing to be afraid of. On
one side, there's life. And on the other...there's
life, too." And one day you’ll see him there.
They don’t make yellow Converses in children’s
sizes. And your feet are not gonna grow any more.
Start saving for a custom-made Todd-approved pair.
Some day you’re gonna find that mime make-up
7. Don't get so bent out of shape when your
friends tease you about John. High school only
last four years. John lives forever.
8. College is not as fun as it seems in Campus Man.
And there won't be a single guy on campus who is as
attractive as Todd. But you still need to
go. I mean it, missy.
9. Remember that day when you were fourteen
and your brother was teasing you about how you'd
lose interest in John once he got less attractive
and you shouted back "I don't care if he gets
wrinkly, goes bald, and weighs 400 pounds... I'll
still love him!"? None of it ended up
happening... but I'm still really glad you said it.
10. When members start leaving, when your web
site crashes, when it all just seems overwhelming...
know this: someday it's gonna all make sense and
you'll be really glad you stayed cause there will be
new friends to make, new stories to write, and
someone in Heaven who you all really need to do your
best to make smile... and also blush... and
laugh. Cause he still looks really cute doing
all of the above.
11. Never forget what Taylor said: “What we do
in love is never lost.” (Thanks, M, for the
reminder to my current self.)
And now a
final one from Cindy:
1. Try to find a way to let him know you love him
and pray for him.
JABB 336 is dedicated to John's ability to reach such an
amazingly wide audience. He reached some of us as
moody teenagers, others as wearied adults. But
however and whenever we found our way to his work, it
touched us and he gave us hope.
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on this page
are from "Touched by an Angel" (and its
behind-the-scenes specials) and owned by CBS
Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon Water
Productions except for the second which is from Tour of Duty
and owned by New World Television and Braun
Entertainment Group. The images are not being used
to seek profit.)