May 17, 2011
Details Wow! What an exciting day! I trekked over to Spokane again on Sunday morning to see my Mama and prepare to help her at the annual Women Helping Women Fund luncheon. My Mom is the Executive Director and oversees every little detail of this huge luncheon that entertains about 2000 generous Spokane donors each year. I am always excited to have the job as her right hand gal at the information booth, directing attendees to their seats and solving any problems that come up along the way. There is always an amazing speaker and this year was no exception.
I got to hear a speech by and later meet the amazing Naomi Judd of The Judds fame. She’s had an incredible life with both ups and downs and has spent the last 20+ years sharing her life story and message of breakthrough in her books and most recently on her reality TV show with daughter Wynona on Oprah’s OWN network. Her speech was so charismatic and unpredictable as she weaved her way through the audience and moved through her points with candor and ease. Getting to meet her, even for just a few minutes, was a real treat.
I waited in line with my newly purchased book for an autograph and my friend Diane, who was the official photographer for the event waited in the wings to snap a picture for me. Although I won’t get that photo right away, I was lucky enough to hang around with my mom who was the last person in line after all of her hard work, and we got a picture taken with her together. Naomi was so gracious, warm and wonderful in person; everything I knew she would be. I told her I grew up listening to her music with my Mama and that it would always have a special place in my heart. She told me I had beautiful hair (blush!) and darling shoes (double blush!!) and thanked me for my compliments and for being a fan. In all it was a thrilling and wonderful day.