Reading the book “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted” and remembering Valerie Harper.

I first saw you when I was five years old.

When I was good, my parents let me stay up late on Saturday night to watch you on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I was always excited when it was your turn to be in a scene.

You were so funny.

Women like you, Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, and Ann B. Davis helped to shape my sense of humor back in the 1970s. You showed this young, insecure girl that smart…