March 6, 2017

Hi Gang: 

I had the sweetest telephone conversation over the weekend.

My daughter-in-law, Beth, has been telling me that my 8-year old granddaughter, Hallie, really wants to go to the Opry with me one night….just the two of us. So last night we decided that a Friday night would be best because Hallie doesn’t have to get up early on Saturdays like she does on Sundays for church. I sent Beth my Friday night schedule for the next two months and told her to pick the date that worked best for her.

She chose April 28th, and we both put it on our calendar.

Well, my phone rang shortly after we confirmed everything and it said “Beth Cell” on my screen. I answered thinking I’d be talking to Beth.

“PawPaw,” this little voice said, “this is Hallie. I am so excited about going to the Opry with you on April 28th.”

I smiled and told her I was looking forward to it, too, and assured her that the day would be here before we know it. Then I asked her, “Would you like to go early that night and go out for dinner before the show?”

She replied in her soft, childish voice, “Yes, please.” And I thought I was going to melt on the floor.

“Do you know who is going to be performing that night?” she asked, and I explained that it was a bit early to know that, but that I’d keep her informed. I asked, “Is there somebody in particular that you’d like to see?”

“Yes, sir,” she said, “Dolly Parton. She’s my favorite.”

I replied that I didn’t know if Dolly would be there or not, but that lots of good ones would be. Then she really got me. “Do you know who my next favorite is?” she asked. I was fully expecting to hear Miranda Lambert or one of the young, current stars. “Who?” I inquired.

“Loretta Lynn,” she answered. And again I nearly went through the floor. I told her that Loretta has been coming to the Opry a bit more often lately, and maybe if we were lucky she’d be there. That seemed to make her happy.

How cool is it that an 8-year old wants to go to the Grand Ole Opry with her PawPaw, go out to eat together, then hopefully get to see Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn live onstage? 

Somebody is raising that kid right!