What if Guy Williams Visited:
interesting thought occurred to me as I was sitting here at my computer,
reading my email and editing a chapter of a story I am writing: What if
my doorbell rang and Guy was standing at the door? What would I say to
him? I can only think of
My dear Mr. Williams, come in, sit down. Make yourself comfortable. Let
me fix you something to drink. Please allow me tell you of the gratitude
that is in my heart.
A little over
two years ago, I was simply an overworked, overstressed burnt-out
teacher/librarian enjoying the tiny snippet of rest called Christmas
break, a respite in an endless sea of mediocrity. While watching Disney
Channel, I happened on Zorro and was transported back to the days of my
youth. I was mesmerized by the absolute timelessness of the program. I
was fascinated by your translation of McCulley's violent vigilante into
the roguish server of justice that you so wonderfully portrayed in the
series. Your grace in action amazed me and your obvious love for the
characters of Diego de la Vega and Zorro were so evident. I could not
get enough, staying up each night, watching these characters flow across
the screen of my television; through the field of my imagination.
your portrayal of Diego/Zorro had so stirred my imagination, Mr.
Williams, I did something I had not done for over twenty years. I took
up my pencil and began writing. It was a tale of Zorro, conceived as I
woke up one morning. It was simply written, full of errors, riddled with
mistakes, but that small tale grew and grew into a novel-sized piece
crafted with love. Then I realized that I had done something I had never
done before in my life. I had written and finished a novel. I had begun
things in my youth many times, but never finished them.
I want to
thank you for that, Mr. Williams. I want to thank you for the joy this
accomplishment has given me. I want to thank you for the purpose that I
now have, to continue to create pictures with words.
before you go, let me also thank you for another joy, one even more
important than the writing. Because of my fascination with this ideal
character that you so wonderfully portrayed on the screen, I sought out
others with the same interest, finding them on the Internet, sharing my
fascination of Zorro with them. Happiness in correspondence has become
joy in meeting. You have literally enlarged my world, Mr. Williams. You
have taken me outside the tiny, enclosed capsule of my family, wonderful
though it is, and shown me sisters and brothers I never realized I had,
joy I never knew existed; friendships that have made my life more
bottom of my heart, I thank you for this. God bless you for the joy you
have brought me and so many others.
Susan L. Kite
17 March, 2000
PS I want to thank Cat in the Hat for
the idea presented long, long ago.... what would we do if we could have
Guy Williams visit us for an afternoon.