Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Unexpected Gift......

So......last Saturday morning I asked the Superhero what his plans were for the day and he replied he thought he would spend some time up at the farm....I use that term farm loosely.....that man loves to play on a tractor work!  I should confess that at this point I may have whined and said that I needed to do something different and get out of the house.  There is a warning here to be very careful when you tell someone you need to do something different. Yikes!

Low and behold, later that day the doorbell rang and our neighbors asked if we would like FREE tickets to the Glen Campbell concert the next night and of course I said YES!!!  And thank you......then thought this will be a great weekend!

Later that afternoon, the Superhero suggests we go to the new conservation park and ride our bikes.  Sounded like a great idea to me and very different so we he loaded up our bikes and off we went on an adventure.  Oh, little did I know what an adventure it would be.  We had only heard of the park, never actually been there, so we started off down a hard dirt packed trail that was a hundred six miles long.  Somewhere along the way it became a sand trail......meaning we were pushing our bikes.  

The Superhero way ahead of me and I'm in the background wailing about how it was killing me to push my bike.  We finally got back to hard packed dirt when we saw a snake on the trail......and I was done.....except that I couldn't be because we weren't back at the parking lot!  When we finally did see the parking lot looming ahead, the Superhero said......this was fun, we'll do this again.  I thought to myself....not this old girl!

I did want to do something different didn't I???

Sunday, we headed off to Sunday School and then went out to another church to hear a missionary talk. 

Later that evening we picked up my MIL and headed out to supper and the concert.

Now, I need to tell you that I love Glen Campbell!  I have always loved his music and a few years ago.....nine maybe.....we saw him at the Andy Williams theatre in Branson, MO and enjoyed!  This is his Goodbye Tour.  He has been diagnosed with Alzheimers and won't be performing after this tour.   But let me assure you of this, at seventy six with Alzheimers, he was a showman all the way!  He was wonderful.....I cried.  Three of his children sang and played in his band.  They were great!  He now has teleprompters across the front of the stage and although he does use them at times, his voice and his songs were just as I remembered.  When he did forget something, he made a joke and laughed it off, often turning to his kids saying "what's that thing I have?"  He played and sang all of his great hits plus some new ones he's written since he was diagnosed. One poignantly describes a "better place" and was so sweetly performed!  

I've been singing Galveston and Wichita Lineman and By the Time I Get to Phoenix ever since!  

I know this is a terrible picture, but I took it with my phone and didn't know how to make it close up.....but I'm sure you can tell it's Glen Campbell in the center.  

I pray his life is rich with music until the end and that he sings a new song in heaven!  

Thanks Glen for making beautiful music and memories!


Debby@Just Breathe said...

The concert sounds amazing. So glad you were able to go. Also, way to go on doing that bike path!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

So glad you enjoyed the concert. What a sad situation ... how awful it must be to know that before too much longer your mind will be completely gone, you won't know those you love, etc. So sad.

I, too, would be DONE if I ever encountered a snake on a bike trail. Thankfully most of the bike trails in my area are asphalted ... obviously those are the ones we prefer to ride, even though most of them are not flat. We must be on the peak of a tall mountain because no matter what trail we take, we always have to bike uphill on the return leg of our trip. There are trails that run north-south and east-west, yet all lead downhill from up and uphill returning.

Nonnie said...

My Dear Heart has gotten me into a few little incidents like the bike ride. The snake - yikes - I don't like snakes.

Glen Campbell - what a treat to get to hear him, but how sad. Altzheimer's is no respector of persons, is it?

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Glen Campbell has always been a favorite of mine. I love all his songs and saw him sing not too long on a program on tv. He still has a great voice even now, I think! God bless him. I'm glad you got to see his concert!

Keetha Broyles said...

Do you remember tha Glen Campbell was in the Beach Boys for a while?

One of my friends in Indiana went to school with Glen Campbell and even dated him once while they were in the 8th grade.

She said his brother was nicer. HA!

Cathy said...

Wow, if I knew Glen Campbell was in the Beach Boys at one time, I have forgotten it!! So glad you got to go and had an eventful weekend!!

Mimi said...

I cannot imagine riding a bike 6 miles...let alone part of that in SAND?????OH my GOD BLESS you!!
I bet you will not suggest something new and exciting again unless you make it clear what you really want to do!!Been there DONE trip was to the golf course...I had whined we never do anything together unless it is to eat....he suggested golf...I thought ok...well it was summer and it was HOT...driving that golf cart to and from that little ball drove me nuts!!!I always have an excuse now when he suggests I tag along!!!
Good For Glen ...sad about his disease...

Needled Mom said...

I doubt that I would venture that ride again either! Ugh!

So glad you enjoyed Glen's tour. I heard that it really is a terrific show. He has a long road ahead, doesn't he?

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for sharing about Glen, didn't know that he was ill and had this tour going on, oh how I sang every song he put out. Your bike trip sounds like something that would happen to me:)