Quick, turn it on Good Morning America!
This usually means one of three things: there’s been a natural disaster; a celebrity has died or Doris Day is in the news.
Sure enough, the breaking news this morning was a rare live interview (via the internet because Ms. Day will not allow cameras in her house) with the girl next door. Today Doris Day released her first album in 17 years at the age of 87. Apparently a condensed version of the CD was released in the U.K. last month and hit the top 10. My father wondered if Ms. Day released a 78 version of her record. If you are too young to know what a 78 record is, put down your iPhone and Google it!
If you don’t know who in the hell Doris Day is, I’ll start by saying she is my mother’s idol.
My mother absolutely worships her. Not in a stalker kind of way. Rather, a Goddess and mentor kind of way. For example, Ms. Day’s son was named Terry (my mother named her first-born Terri ) and Ms. Day resides in Carmel by the Sea (my mother resides in Carmel by the Creek).
They are both extraordinary animal advocates. After Doris Day retired from show business, she established The Doris Day Animal Foundation where she has helped thousands of animals. My mother doesn’t have a foundation, but she has had her share of family pets such as dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and gold-fish over the years as well as donating to Ms. Day’s foundation.
And, last but not least, my mother has a natural physical resemblance to Ms. Day.
Who wouldn’t love that perky smile, freckled face, always adorable blonde chin-length bob and soothing voice. Not to mention her killer wardrobe. Doris Day was and is the Queen of Nice. In the midst of political scandals, a dismal economy and protests – we could all use a little nice.
Doris Day’s new album might just be the most exciting Christmas miracle my mother has experienced in years.
Do yourself a favor, and buy a little “nice” this holiday season. The proceeds from the sale of the album, My Heart, go to Ms. Day’s foundation. Que Sera, Sera.