Sometimes the bad brings out the good! Great Memories are Priceless.
Those three goof balls in this picture are my pride and joy!!! (I have one beautiful girl missing because she moved and wasn’t here yet. Therefore, I can only tell you her name is Nancy and if she were in this picture she would be a goofball as well!!!!! LOL). Anyways…I am sad to say that I don’t remember when this picture was taken because, well honestly, I don’t remember the month of December 2016. However, it doesn’t matter! What? Teena you aren’t upset you missed Christmas or all the family time? Nope I am not because although the month was a catastrophe (for me) I was happy!!!! My house wasn’t as clean and tidy, we didn’t have a big dinner planned, I have no idea what I gave anyone, but this picture shows me it doesn’t matter! My family picked up, pulled together created memories and we laughed so hard we almost peed our pants. How do I know? Okay this is just one picture on my phone out of two thousand or more. Look at it! What are they doing? Oh just entertaining Meemaw and I. Just like they have all been doing for twenty five years.
I can remember when I was pregnant with Ashby, Nancy and Darion decided to be show girls and put on a dance for me. It was amazing! Oh did I write dance as in singular, so sorry you misunderstood I didn’t mean to mislead you!! They were hard working women at the ages of four & five they performed four times a week for twenty eight weeks. I believe that is 112 shows and each one was better than the one before! After rehearsal for at least two weeks the girls decided to start inviting people to their show.(I tried to discourage this, but I never was a very good disciplinary so they always won! Therefore, you know I had to clean every time someone said, “Well of course I will come to your show.”
Okay let’s recap…I am really sick, pregnant, huge due to diabetes, worked full-time and these two have decided to put on a glamour girl show for anyone who would want to watch them. I truly didn’t recognize that this gave them a reason to be together more; you know for rehearsals and shows LOL! I think back and I realize how annoying it was to Bethany and Doug when Darion called every night only to say, “I need my sissy to come over because we have to practice!”
But they didn’t complain and always would let her come.
They did it! I am not sure I remember how many shows they put on for an actual audience so if I leave anyone out please forgive me! I am going to list a few so you will get the idea and remember most of these were individual showings, because of conflicting schedules or whatever! I think the most in any audience at one time was six which almost always included meemaw and I so actually four! We began with Bethany (Nancy’s mommy), Daddy, Daddy Doug, Papaw Barclay, Mamaw, Papaw Drake, Doris, Aunt T, Uncle Bob, Amy, Aaron, Aunt Debbie, Uncle Rod, the neighbors, Baw Baw, Aunt Teresa, Uncle Timmy. I am not sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jim Mitchell, James Kelley, Matt (which was Batt to my babies) and several more could be included. However, you get the idea!
Guess what? I wouldn’t change it for the world!!!! I have times that become blurry to me due to illness, catastrophe or just life, but these times could never fade! The feathers, scarves, sparkly dresses, crowns, high heels, makeup so thick you couldn’t wash it all of for days. Loud music, laughter, singing, dancing and acting. Our famous introduction taught by none other than meemaw, standing on the couch and as loud as you can (the girls always had to take turns doing the introduction because it was just so darn fun), “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…”
You see I didn’t earn any money creating this memory, I was barely making it through the day physically, but that memory is worth all the pain and suffering. That memory takes away any illness or complications I had during my second pregnancy. So when someone asks if you could go back and change anything bad or good, be careful what you say or wish for… it might altar one of the best things in your life. What would that be? A Lifetime of memories of giggling, laughter, singing, dancing, acting, playing, imagining and those simple times of when those small hands wrap around your neck and say, “Thank you and I love you!”
Next Chapter Ashby is Born!!! October 17, 1996.