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A Childs Promise
This Friday night seemed just like any other with Mom and I lounging on the sofa watching the Grand Ole Opry. I could feel the joy that the Opry brought to my mom just by the look in her eyes as she watched, listened, and sometimes sang. Well she hummed more than she sang but that was my mom’s way of singing. As we watched her eyes would glow. Sometimes I would see a sparkle. As I watched her I knew what I had to do. I hugged my mom and said “Mother, when I’m all grown up I’m going to take you there”. Mom hugged me in return and said, “I’m sure that you will”.
As I started dinner, I turned the radio on and to my surprise the station was doing a special on The Grand Ole Opry. This brought my childhood memories roaring back. The Grand Ole Opry played on the radio in the kitchen every evening as Mom cooked dinner. She would hum and I would ask her to dance (as I had seen my father do). She would accept, especially if it were a slow song. Mom said that when it came to fast dancing she was afraid that she would break something and that with nine children she needed every thing she had to keep up with us. We would dance and at the end I would bow and say “thank you madam”, she would courtesy and off I would go. Then I remembered the promise that I had made to her so many years before. I had a plan.
The following morning at work I put in for a week of vacation. Next came the wait for the approval. One day turned into the next, the next into the following. I could wait no longer. I went into my supervisors’ office and said “well am I approved or not”? Signing the final signature as I walked in. She knew the excitement and anticipation that I had been feeling. She just looked up at me and smiled. That was all I needed. I called the Opryland Hotel made the reservations. I called the airlines, booked three flights. Everything having to be prepaid of course. I called my daughter to let her know that everything was a go. She in turn, after speaking with the doctors was unsure rather they would allow her to go.
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On the walk to the doors of the Opry, I watched, as Mom tried not display her excitement. You could see it in her walk. Her little short legs were carried her as fast as they could. Almost giving you the impression that any second that they would tie themselves into knots. She had a smile on her face that stretched from ear to ear. Finally seated in our seats, the show began. Porter Wagoner walked out on the stage and I thought Mom was going to burst. It was then I witnessed the glow and caught the sparkle in her eye. The same glow and sparkle that I remembered as a child the night I made my promise to her. As we sat listening to the music my granddaughter danced. With each song she moved as if in tune with the music. Mom smiled and said “She gets that from me”. At the end of the performance my mother hugged me, whispered in my ear “I love you”, and slipped something in my hand. As she did she told me not to open the tiny box until we returned home. I agreed.
After returning each to their home, I returned to mine. I couldn’t wait to open the box. I ripped off the pretty white bow and inside was a beautiful silver locket. I opened the locket and there was a picture of my Mom and the inscription “I knew that you would”.