An Open Letter To JR Martinez

by Amy Lindorff

Dear JR,

Congratulations on winning this season of Dancing With the Stars. Yes, there are technically still four couples left, but at this point, I think it is fair to say that you are winning this thing. Two perfect scores this week, one of those for a dance that you had exactly twenty minutes to learn. Not a bad week, especially since you are finishing it off with Veterans Day.

The closest I got to the Army was when my cousin saw a recruiting commercial and decided he wanted to sign up. He called the number without discussing it with his parents. Also he was four years old. So they thanked him for his interest and said to call back in 16 years – they appreciated his enthusiasm, but weren’t accepting four-year-olds at the time. I cannot even imagine what that would be like and like everyone, am incredibly grateful for your service.

And seriously. You are a very good dancer.

Love, Amy

P.S. Also thank you to Tom Peck, retired Navy Lt. Commander, and both my grandfathers.