I think about my dad, and how he consoled me when I’d first moved to L.A. and called him, saying I was going into therapy for depression, and how ashamed I was.  And he laughed and said, “What the hell’s to be ashamed of?”  And I said, “Man, you got your leg machine-gunned in Vietnam.  You never went to therapy.  Humphrey Bogart never went to therapy.”  And my dad said, “Yeah, but Bogie smoked three cartons of cigarettes a day.”   And how my mom came down to the kitchen when I was studying for my trig final, at 2 o’clock in the morning, and said, “Haven’t you already been accepted to college?”  And I said, “Yeah, but this test is really going to be hard.”  And she asked, “What’s the test for again?”  And I said, “Calculus” and she closed my notebook and said, “You’ll never use this.  Ever.  Go to bed or watch a movie.”   And how when I got my first ever acting gig, on Seinfeld, my brother sent me a postcard of Minnie Pearl, and he wrote on it, “Never forget, you and her are in the same profession.” From Patton Oswalt’s graduation speech to his old high school

July 15, 2008

I think about my dad, and how he consoled me when I’d first moved to L.A. and called him, saying I was going into therapy for depression, and how ashamed I was.  And he laughed and said, “What the hell’s to be ashamed of?”  And I said, “Man, you got your leg machine-gunned in Vietnam.  You never went to therapy.  Humphrey Bogart never went to therapy.”  And my dad said, “Yeah, but Bogie smoked three cartons of cigarettes a day.”   And how my mom came down to the kitchen when I was studying for my trig final, at 2 o’clock in the morning, and said, “Haven’t you already been accepted to college?”  And I said, “Yeah, but this test is really going to be hard.”  And she asked, “What’s the test for again?”  And I said, “Calculus” and she closed my notebook and said, “You’ll never use this.  Ever.  Go to bed or watch a movie.”   And how when I got my first ever acting gig, on Seinfeld, my brother sent me a postcard of Minnie Pearl, and he wrote on it, “Never forget, you and her are in the same profession.”

From Patton Oswalt’s graduation speech to his old high school

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: