Goodbye, Doris. I Miss You.

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.
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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.

Two of my favorite things--Doris Day and gingham.

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.

My favorite picture of Doris. She signed it for me last year. Today, I treasure it all the more.

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