by Erika Bromley
Spoiler Alert: High-level schmoopiness ahead.
Patrick is humble to a fault - he's so uncomfortable with compliments or "the spotlight" that he sometimes doesn't even take credit for things. I'm writing today just to give him some credit. He works so hard - at running F This Movie!, at working his day job, at taking care of our kids, at loving me (he'd say that's easy, but let's be real!) - he definitely does not get enough sleep but never slows down. He spends so many hours working on the site just on behind-the-scenes things - things I would NEVER think about if I did not live with him! And then of course there's the writing, which takes even more time. It's so cool to see someone doing something they absolutely love and are incredibly good at doing. This just all makes so much sense to him. I love that he's always thinking about his FTM! readers; he truly feels honored that anyone reads and follows, and he's thankful for the many, many kind, smart, funny, talented people we've met just from having the love of movies as a common interest. The Internet can be a cruel, cruel place, but the FTM! audience approaches everything with open-mindedness, compassion, and heart.
Patrick's mom once showed me an assignment he completed in his kindergarten class. It's understandable why she held on to it - it showcased his perfect handwriting (even at age 6!) and represented a bit of foreshadowing: on it he wrote both about his love of movies and wanting to be a writer. Since then, he's spent a good portion of his life watching movies, reading about movies (and just reading in general - ask him what his favorite Father's Day gift was this year!), talking about movies, and writing about movies. But he never brags about his knowledge. Never talks down to people who know less than him. Never thinks he's cool for knowing so much. Never makes excuses for loving the movie Kuffs.