What do you say when one of the brightest influences in your life passes? I don’t know. But I would sure like to try to put my emotions to words.
Goodbye, Doris. I Miss You.
May 13, 2019 Updated June 19, 2021
My Sunshine Girl
What do you say when one of the brightest influences in your life passes?
I don’t know. But I would sure like to try to put my emotions to words. I am next to tears as I write this.
How can the death of a woman I have never met affect me so deeply? I have immensely enjoyed her films, TV show, music, books about her, I’ve written letters to her, I’ve even been privileged enough to speak with her on the phone. Yet I never met Ms Doris Day. But I feel as if one of my closest and dearest friends in the world is gone.
Trying to Put it to Words
My feelings may be un-relatable, even seem a bit melodramatic, if you have never experienced that unspeakable, instant love you can have for a person, even a celebrity, who just radiates joy, goodness, and love.
For me, that person has always been Doris Day. From the moment I saw her dance across the screen in that beautiful yellow dress with Gene Nelson so many years ago, I loved her. It was simple, immediate. If you are a Doris fan, you know exactly what I am talking about. To all of my amazing friends who I am lucky enough to see at Doris’ Birthday Celebration each year, I feel our solidarity today. How lucky are we to have each other at this very, very difficult time.
I Love You, Doris
I am going to have to remind myself each day, and especially today, that our Doris is in a better place now, filled with all of her beloved friends and family members—2 and 4 leggers!—who passed before her. She is happy. And Doris would want us to be, so I’m going to try.
A bright light for everything good left this world today, but she leaves behind a beautiful legacy of warmth and kindness. Thanks for everything you have meant to me over the years. I love you, Doris.