I’ll Have to Say ‘I Love You’ in an Email

In Doing The Deed by Holly Walker

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A Jim Croce song spurred me into doing my good deed today.


Okay, it wasn’t just Jim Croce; it was two things. I was listening to “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” while reading a Facebook message. It said, “I love you and I need you in my life. And we have to watch Dr. Who together!!” It moved me. To be honest, it made me a little misty … and not just the watching Dr. Who part.

I know what you’re about to say. “Jim Croce and Dr. Who? Seriously?!? How geeky can one person get?” Fine. I’m a nerd. Deal with it.

“I need you in my life.” What a lovely thing to say, even casually. The sentiment lit me from within, so I decided to pass that feeling on.

I have a friend who’s a dancer. Always has been, always will be. She probably did a pirouette out of the womb. She’s also a skilled masseuse. I think dancers make the best masseuses because they know the body. Dancers and sports therapists. And coroners.

My friend is a combination of Mary Murphy from ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ and Cindy Lou Who from ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’ Part Mary Murphy, part Cindy Lou Who. She’s Mindy Lou Who!

She’s beautiful, smart, kind AND has a dancer’s body. I’d go Tonya Harding on her if I didn’t cherish her friendship. I’d hit her with that ASP telescopic baton just like … actually it was Shane Stant who did the hitting. I remember cause they did a bit about it on ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000.’

I know what you’re about to say. “Tonya Harding and MST 3000?!? Danger Will Robinson! Nerd alert!!!” You know what? I also like Jerry Lewis. Get over it.

The point is, Mindy Lou, just like every other human being, likes to hear they’re loved every now and again. Why wait until a person’s gone to say nice things about them? So I wrote her an email telling her I’m grateful to have her as a friend. One day, I might even get the nerve up to try this experiment.

You know what happened? I got misty again. It was a good deed for Mindy Lou as well as for me. It was like ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders.’ You know? It made me happy. Come on. John Denver? Fine. It was like … a Klingon with a Bat’leth. You know? Happy?

I know what you’re about to say.

Shut up.

Photo (Flickr CC) by Neil Thompson

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Holly Walker

Holly Walker

Ms. Walker made her acting debut at the tender age of 8 in For Spring is the Season of Happiness. She almost turned down the role of Mother Nature (she wanted the role of "Spring") until she found out Mother Nature had the most lines. On that day, a diva was born. Holly has traveled the world performing comedy. She has been to more than 40 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide. She is an alum of the improvisational companies Boom Chicago and The Second City. Holly currently works on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as a writer and performer. She has been a part of the Rebel Storytellers family since 2009 and hopes to be with them for many years to come.
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