The Carriage Driver 4 – Que Sera, Sera

Updated on May 15, 2019

The news spread through the kingdom quickly. Griffin readied Nuelle and the carriage. There was a buzz the likes Griffin had not experienced before. Honorary guest began to arrive in advance of the arrival. Hundred's of animals began to line the route of what looked like was the beginning of a procession.

Griffin looked at the name in the book. He had never seen a movie, but was around music now and again. He was in the stable finishing up the polishing of the carriage brass when a handsome man appeared wearing slacks a white starched shirt, sleeveless pullover sweater, and a smile that Griffin was sure could be seen from a mile away. The man extended his right hand, “My name is Rock Hudson;” the men shook hands.

“Griffin Chaffey,” he released Mr. Hudson's hand.

Six carriages back, a four piece band began playing Sentimental Journey.


“I have been waiting a long time to see my friend again. It took years to convince the counsel that I would be welcome to ride with her on the last leg of this journey. I am not the only one, but they could not all fit into your carriage. There will be at least a dozen in all. Mostly for the animals.”

Griffin looked down near his feet. A small dog bounced around, tail wagging, with a smile of eager anticipation. “A dozen you say?”

“Yes, all the permits are in order. That James Garner, once he heard I was granted this privilege, he lobbied and was granted permission to be here. That opened the floodgate. Davis Niven invited himself and James Stewart wanted to come along for the ride. Cary Grant broke an engagement just to be here on this day. That is just a few of the Hollywood crowd. There are two carriages full of musicians. She loved music. She began her career dancing and singing.”

The small dog had moved forward and was barking at Nuelle. There was a sense of urgency in his tone.

Griffin looked again at the name in the book. He tossed the book underneath the seat and climbed in. Rock Hudson climbed aboard and the small dog leaped up to the front seat and sat next to Griffin.

James Garner, David Niven, Cary Grant and James Stewart climbed aboard the second carriage. The two young angel's charged with driving the second carriage were giggling.

In no time the procession reached the pick up point. Griffin climbed down, “This will just take a moment,” he addressed the small dog who could barely contain himself.

Griffin watched her approach. Her skirt reached her calf. She held her shoulders back. She wore a white blouse, and the jacket matched the skirt. She wore a small matching hat, upon a crown of golden hair. Her smile matched the fellow Rock Hudson's who sat in the back.

The small dog sat up smartly twitched and swayed, when he was sure, he leaped from the carriage and raced toward her. She stooped as he jumped into her arms. He began licking her face.

A moment later she reached the carriage, she lifted Tiny into the back and Rock Hudson took him. Her eyes were like saucers seeing her old friend there to greet her.

Griffin held out his hand, she took it and climbed into the carriage sitting next to her friend, once again holding his hand, feeling the warmth of his smile upon her heart. Tiny, the dog, curled up between them, reunited and content at last.


Rock Hudson, still holding her hands, said, “You came a long way from Cincinnati, Ohio. You played every man's girl next door. You represented an ideal, that frankly no one could live up to. You personified sweet innocence. A goodness that we all hoped to encounter. Every middle class man in America wanted to swing open the white picket fence, walk to the front door and be greeted by Doris Day lush, dewy-eyed, and amiable, fresh off the Madison Avenue drawing boards.”

Nuelle had cut through a park. Happy dogs lined the streets. They ran together, jumping thankfully in appreciation of their lives that had been extended and improved from the work and dedication of the star passenger.

The four piece band began playing Fly Me to the Moon.


“I sang my way to success. Starting with Les Brown, that was a beautiful experience. Top composers wrote songs with me in mind. It was a wonderful time to be alive. Right after the war, America bloomed with new found vigor, new found ideas. There was an awakening, I was lucky to be part of that. There was a taste of victory in the air. We fought hard and now we wanted to play hard.”

The four piece band began playing Fools Rush In


Rock Hudson squeezed her hand. “The years working with you were my best years. I always had such fun on the set with you. We laughed so much and tried to make it fun for everyone. I think that can be seen in the chemistry that we produced on the screen.”

When I Fall In Love

Nuelle had made another turn. Grand estates lined the avenue; cottages could be spotted in the clearings of this perpetual early Autumn wooded area. Birds performed aerial acrobatics, forming angelic sculptures gracing the skyline.

Doris picked up her pet and moved closer to Rock Hudson. “Can you tell me what year it is in Heaven?”

The carriages that had been following had fallen back out of sight. Green foliage lined the lane. Light played tricks as it danced through the branches and falling leaves of red and gold. A cottage appeared, a sliver of smoke escaping the chimney stack. A pair of beautiful golden labs stood patiently waiting on the covered front porch.

Rock Hudson answered, “The year you felt most beautiful.”

Doris looked around, “Where are you taking me?”

Griffin looked over his shoulder, “Anywhere you want to go?”

Nuelle stopped.

Doris looked around at the cottage the setting, the autumn leaves, the two adoring pets waiting to become part of the family. “Anywhere I want to go? I think this will do just fine.”

Griffin stepped down and extended his hand for the women who filled so many hearts with splendor and charm.

She stepped down, her small brown dog in her arm. “Rocky, my old friend,will you join me for tea? We have a lifetime of catching up to do.”

Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff

April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019

to her friends Doris Day


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    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR


      9 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Thank you Chitrangada Sharan - Doris Day was a favorite with many of my generation. She seemed to have a big beautiful heart. Mandatory equipment for a carriage ride. I appreciate your comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      9 months ago from New Delhi, India

      A wonderful tribute to Doris Day. I was reminded of my childhood days, listening to ‘Que Sera Sera, whatever will be, will be—-,’ and matching dancing steps, with my siblings.

      A beautiful, generous and accomplished lady, admired Worldwide.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Paula - It might be hard to find someone that did not like Doris Day. The carriage driver has always been about honoring special people, lately they seem to be celebrities. That is because the idea and concept of the carriage driver stories has run its course.

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      13 months ago from Carson City

      Mike....Doris Day.....she certainly had a nice long life & fulfilling career. I quickly had flashbacks of some of her movies. I love the Classics.

      As always, you lead a beautiful, memorable Carriage rRde to honor special individuals.

      Nice job as always, Mike. Peace, Paula

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Shauna - None of us are without our faults. Doris Day was no exception. Nice that a beautiful memory was brought forth of you singing to your newborn. Memories of Doris Day's are carried by an entire generation. Thanks for the visit.

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello mar - She was certainly all of those things, beautiful, brilliant, and a lover of animals. She added greatly to an epic American culture. Of all of Series 4, Doris Day is the most deserving of a carriage ride (like I would know - haha). Thanks for the visit. The videos practically picked themselves. The math on those 650 recordings works out roughly to once a week for twelve years.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      I was saddened to learn of Doris Day's death. She was an icon of the cinema and someone we baby boomers grew up with.

      I read an article in my local paper the day after her death. It stated that she was married four times and was quoted in the '80s as having said, "no one should marry without first living together". She was America's Sweetheart, but was just as human as you and I.

      When my son was a baby, one of the songs I'd sing to him every night before putting him to bed was "Que Sera Sera". She affected so many lives. Doris Day will be remembered fondly.

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      Maria Jordan 

      13 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a lady - brilliant, beautiful, animal lover and generous to those she loved. I was misty eyed to hear of Doris day's death and was hoping you would give her a Carriage ride, as she was so modest in not wanting a funeral / any kind of remembrance.

      Great videos here as well, dear Mike. Thanks for the morning inspiration. Hugs, mar

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patty – I wonder if this generation feels strongly about their era of Hollywood stars? The news brings us, in too quick a succession news of another one of our generations icons going on the next leg of their journey. Doris Day was so talented and she proved to have a big heart that goes along with her heartwarming smile. Jerry Lewis is another giant in many ways. So lucky that you were able to see him and Tim Conway also. You have plenty in your memory book.

      The world is still spinning.

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Genna - Niven, Garner, Grant, Stewart and Hudson were her 'leading men' each was made to look good while standing next to her. They each played Galahad to her Guinevere. She and they entertained us well. The times are changing, there may never be another like Doris Day. Thanks for the visit.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 months ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      This is such a good tribute and remembrace for Doris Day, and awesome since it kind of takes the place of the memorial and headstone she declined. I think she would smile to read it.

      With Tim Conway so soon gone as well, I sigh and ask how everyone got so old all of a sudden. I remember seeing Tim with Jerry Lewis about 2013, maybe Jer's last Vegas show. Tim played an audience member asking questions as was done on "Carol Burnett." Good times.

      It is encouraging to remember the good times, given the state of the world. Thanks for that.

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      Genna East 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I remember Doris Day...I watched her movies as young girl. "When I was just a little girl I asked my mother what will I be..." She was delightful as the ideal girl next door, and lived an extraordinary life. This heartwarming tribute is beautifully written. And what lovely music. I like how you included Niven, Garner, Grant, Stewart and Hudson -- all fellow icons in talent and in character. Well done, Mike. :-)

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby – You know me so well. I have not been able to write for months now, but when the news reached me, I had to sit down and pay a tribute. She was such a talented woman. She and Rock Hudson were close friends. I remember some tribute she did for him when he left us. Tim Conway was a unique talent. He was loved by so many.

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg – Thank you. Yes, it does seem like our collective history is receding. The loss of Doris Day leaves quite a vacuum. There were few how were as all around talented and loved as she. That she recorded 650 songs amazes me. Singer, actor, dance and comic and animal activist. Just wow, is right on. She represents what 'was' though no one I ever met had a life as portrayed by Doris Day, via Hollywood. We lost greatness.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I've been watching for this and you didn't disappoint me. I love the way you put her and Rock together again, and all the greats joining the journey. I will be here for a while listening to all the wonderful songs. I must say that when Tim Conway passed I cried, so many of the greats are leaving us. You did a wonderful job putting this together!

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      Peg Cole 

      13 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      No one could have written it better, Mike, this beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady with a lifetime of accomplishments and memories. I love that you allowed some of her many admirers to join her on her journey with the Captain and Nuelle. She certainly was, " every man's girl next door." Listening now to some of these great songs. Wow. Just wow. Hard to believe we're losing so many of our childhood favorites.

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - I was writing this when I read about Tim Conway. You are right a one-two punch. So much lightness and being evaporating from the American landscape.

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann - This was quickly put together. There was so much material to select from. The story became secondary to her multiple talents. She portrayed an American ideal, and she carried it off well. She was a very talented woman.

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Venkatachari M - Thank you. I am sure that Doris Day was and is a worldwide entertainer. She entertained millions. I appreciate the visit.

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John - It was a sad moment when I heard Doris Day had decided to take her carriage ride. She was a something nice that we all shared as our generation rose. Wikipedia states she recorded 650 songs from 1945 forward. That is amazing in itself. Thanks for you visit.

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      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Verlie - Doris Day certainly was part of our collective lives. I bet we all carry many of the lyrics to her songs in our subconscious. Thanks for joining in on this sentimental journey.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Her and Tim Conway in a one-two punch to the gut. A little more of my childhood fades away....but preserved in this wonderful writing of yours, Mike.

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      You have all my favourite Hollywood stars here, Mike. Doris Day always brought a smile to people's faces and her voice was sublime. She was also brilliant at comic timing.

      Your choice of songs adds a lovely touch.


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      Venkatachari M 

      13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A wonderful tribute to this noble lady. The Carriage ride is very entertaining and awesome. Thanks for coming up with this wonderful work.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Mike, you couldn't have chosen a more loved person for this carriage ride. Doris Day was wonderful but her legacy will live on brightening hearts around the world. Thank you for sharing her beautiful music too.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      13 months ago from Canada

      Mike, What a sentimental journey! So good to see your Doris Day tribute, you've captured her essence beautifully. And Rock, and Tiny too. Loved the Angels giggling in the 'other' carriage. I don't know how many Doris Day records were kicking around our house when I was growing up, but I think I knew the words to every song, nice you included so many.


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