A week before my recent concert date in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, my assistant, Judy, received an e-mail that began, “I hope this gets to Bill Anderson.”
She immediately hit “forward” on her computer and sent me the message.
It came from a lady in Winston-Salem, N.C. who wrote: “I’m taking my mother to see Bill at the Earle Theater in Mt. Airy on July 23. This will be her first concert.
“I’m always trying to get her to go somewhere with me just to get her out of the house. Most of the time she says, ‘No, I just don’t feel like going’. So when I heard that Bill will be at the Earle I asked her if she would like to go. To my surprise she said, ‘I would love to see Bill Anderson’.
“So, I bought the tickets and she is so excited to be going. Whenever I spend the night with her and we’re watching RFD-TV she will go to bed early but always says, ‘If Bill Anderson sings wake me up. I don’t want to miss him’.
She told me her mother’s name and then added, “I would love for her to have an autographed picture of Bill. Does he do any autographs after his concerts?” She went on to list her seat locations for the show.
“I guess seeing Bill must have been on her bucket list. She sure agreed to go quickly. I love Bill, too, but this is really my mother’s night out.”
Now is that a sweet letter or what? I immediately wrote the lady back and made arrangements to meet her and her mom before the show. I did meet them, took pictures and signed autographs, and feel as though I made two new friends.
Oh, by the way….did I mention that this lady….the one who was attending the first concert of her life…just happens to be 99-years young??