Allen Klein, my personal favorite jollytologist and imaginative love letter writer, told me a story recently that I felt the urge to share. Many of you have heard Tresa Eyres, of Love Letters Live, remind us, “Say what you feel while you still have the chance.” The advice was pointed in the direction of love letters, but I can see that it has a more general application in putting what you want, as they say, “out there.”
I am very committed to the idea that a love letter is about the other person’s grand qualities. And, included in this can be a love letter that acknowledges the strength some one else has. So why not send the love letter on ahead, but to whom. Well, figuring that one out calls for some creativity, and you can count on Allen for that.
Allen had a lifelong dream. He wanted to be in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here it is in his own words.
“Many moons ago, I lived in New York City and worked as a scenic designer for CBS television. One of the shows I designed was Captain Kangaroo. It was great fun except at Thanksgiving time. You see the Captain was the MC for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade so I had to be in the studio every Thanksgiving at 6am in the morning to supervise the set I designed. While most people were at home sleeping in on the holiday, I would be off to work at 5am. I no longer work in television and now live on the West coast but I still am enamored with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and watch it every year on TV. Last year, while watching, I got a longing to be part of the parade again. Instead of being behind the scenes, as I used to be, I wanted to be in the parade itself. I had no idea how I’d make that happen but I somehow knew it would because once I put my intention on something, it usually comes true. One of the reasons for that is that I believe that we are six-degrees of separation away from someone who can help get what we want. So for several months I asked everyone I met if they knew anyone connected to the parade. Two people did and were going to work on it. But they weren’t getting very far.”
And, don’t touch that dial, folks, because here comes the writing-the-letter part. Okay, Allen, back to you.
“So, one day I posted my desire on Facebook. Pretty soon after that a friend/colleague of mine, who lives in New York said she would investigate who to contact at Macy’s. Several days later, she emailed me to say that it was too late to get in the parade but they were sending me an application anyhow. They did. I filled it out. And two days later, they said I could march in the parade this year as a clown. Of course, I was thrilled but I also found out that I might have to go to clown school which was not convenient since I live on the West coast and the classes were on the East coast. In addition, I am not a professional clown, although I do teach humor workshops and once gathered a group of friends to all wear clown noses to a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus performance. But my biggest concern was that I really wanted to ride on a float in the parade not walk the long distance. I could do it but that was not the experience I wanted. (I guess I had forgotten the lesson I learned a long time ago that you really have to be clear on what you or you may get something else.)
“So I contacted Macy’s to thank them so much for allowing me to be in the parade this year but that I really wanted to ride on a float. The person in charge was most gracious and told me when to contact them next year and he could probably arrange my ride on a float.
“I’ll let you know what float I’ll be on so you can wave to me. I promise to wave back. Allen Klein September, 2012”
Allen, thank you for letting me share this. You are a shining example. I am wondering if posting what you want on Facebook can be raised to the high art of love letters, as in “Dear Someone. I don’t know who you are yet, but I know you have the clout and compassion to help me with a dream I have had since childhood,” or something like that. Yes, let the Facebook page be the stationery maybe with photos of you as a child. It won’t have your actual handwriting, (a must in a love letter!) but I’m learning to give a little wiggle room for the sake of a dream-come-true. And, when you find the person who has come to your aid, you can always send a real letter on real stationery in your real handwriting later.
I have a feeling Allen will let us know directly on his rootshed.com column. I hope so.
From me to you with love in the air,
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