When he sings in a church for a regular worship service like this, are there fans lined up at his table afterwards like at a concert, or is it more or less the members of that congregation there for service?
Well, since I haven't reported in yet, and I have been to several regular worship services with David, I feel somewhat qualified to answer your question Linda. It is usually just the church members there. People do crowd around the table, but not as much as when it is a ticketed concert. 2 week-ends ago, when we went to Woodway Baptist Church in Waco, which was David's former church home, my Lee and I were the only ones that would have called themselves phans. And last week in Bethany, it was mainly just us! It's always a more relaxed time, and if they don't have to hurry off to catch a plane, there is more time to spend and not so much competition for his time.
Everyone has done such a great job so far of giving you a good review of the day, that I don't think I could do any better. So, I thought, maybe I'd let you in on some of the fun that went on!
Lee has told you about our decision to make this a trip to be of whatever help we could be to Martha, and the fact that David was going to be there was just frosting on the cake! Our fun began at 10 AM Saturday morning, when Lee flew into DFW airport. Even though we have felt like sisters since we first met here, we had never met in person before, so I was really excited to finally meet face to face. As soon as she emerged from behind the security doors, we knew we were in for a good time.
When we talk on the phone, we usually laugh so much that we can hardly laugh anymore, and now we were going to be together for 2 days! We both wondered how we would survive all that laughing and giggling, but we were troupers, and made it just fine. (Nevermind that Sunday morning I woke up barely able to make a sound!)
Since neither of us had eaten any breakfast, we stopped at a Sonic on the way and she had 2 firsts. Her first stop at a Sonic, (which is a fast food franchise patterned after the old 50's and 60's style drive in, where the waitress comes to the car on roller skates) and her first corn dog! As we made our way north we talked non-stop and laughed until tears came to our eyes.
When we got to OKC, we went to our cute little Bed and Breakfast first. Lee had printed out map directions to and from just about any possibility that we might need, so we had great directions and found our way with no problems. Of course, there was much hilarity going on as it took both of us to complete any task.
When we arrived, we parked the car, and went up to the front porch, and noticed on the little chalkboard near the front door, that our names were there as the guests for the weekend. Everyone was listed by first names, but ours was "Glover and Liz". We started laughing so much about that, it just looked so funny. We took pictures of it for posterity, and all our laughing brought Val, the hostess out to see what was going on! When Lee had booked the room on the phone, Val was thinking that we were a "couple", and that of course set us off laughing again, and when we met her for real, we had to make jokes about it, but also make sure she really understood why we were sharing a room! So funny! Of course, Val understood, but it was hilarious. She took us up a winding staircase in this old historical home, and showed us around, and then took us to our room. It was precious. We put our things away, she handed us the key and told us that if we came in late, we could park on either side of the house, since there would be room.
So, we made our way over to Martha's and had a wonderful afternoon. As Lee has said, we had a great time just doing little stuff, and letting Martha get a good rest. It's amazing she could sleep with Lee and I giggling and laughing through most of the afternoon. Finally, as evening came on, I went to get some things to make a simple meal for us, and not knowing the area, went to a store we had passed,that catered to the Mexican population. It was a nice store, but hardly anyone spoke English! Finally, I found someone that could direct me to an Albertson's, which was closer to Martha's. I got the things we needed, plus a heating pad for me, because my back was hurting.
After we had our supper, Martha sat up with us as we watched The DVD together. It was great to see it with 2 people that had been there! We stopped and started it over and over again, as Lee was in charge of the remote. All you who were at Pat's know how that was!
She had all 3 of us laughing, and finally Martha would "fix" it for us. And yes, there was some lots of singing into the remote too!
We were having a blast, but as you looked around at the 3 of us, we looked pretty pathetic. Here I was with back pain, trying to get some heat from my new heating pad,(which wasn't much) Lee was still hurting with her ears and throat, and her toes kept cramping up, and Martha curled up in her recliner! We started laughing over the sight of us. Altogether, we didn't make a whole person!
We laughed sooo hard! Martha finally got me her heating pad which really got hot, and that helped a lot.
We finally tore ourselves away around midnight. Martha had slept so well that afternoon, she was still going strong that late at night, and what better medicine than watching David with friends!
By the time we got back to our room, it was 12:30 in the morning. I got out our key, and we walked up on the porch with all the lights on, and looking very festive! We turned the door knob, and it was locked. I tried the key and nothing happened. Lee and I stood out there and laughed wondering how we were supposed to get in. I tried the key several times, and it just didn't unlock the door! Finally, we rang the doorbell, and knocked and knocked on the door. But no one came to let us in! We must have stood out there for at least 5 minutes trying the key, knocking and ringing the doorbell. I tried the key again in the door knob, which the key had not seemed to even come close to fitting, and this time it went in and the door unlocked! Of course, we nearly doubled over in laughing. We walked in, went up the winding staircase, then realized, we couldn't remember which room was ours! Now what do you do when you see all these doors closed, and you don't know which is yours!
We tried not to laugh too loud, but it was a problem, so I tiptoed up to a door that we thought might be ours, but I heard activity there, so
that wasn't it! We came to the next closed door, and Lee asked me if the key had a number on it. But the door didn't have a number, just a nameplate that said Keepsake. Then I remembered that the tag on the key said "Keepsake", so I put the key in the lock, and nothing! The key wouldn't open it! So, here we are, finally in the house, and in front of our room, and we can't get in!
I surely hope we didn't disturb the other guests, but it was just so typical of everything we had done that day, and we laughed and laughed. Finally, having a brainstorm, I tried turning the doorknob, and it opened right up! It wasn't even locked! That brought on a new spasm of laughing! Wow!, it really took both of us to accomplish literally Anything!
As we crawled into bed, absolutely exhausted by everything, reflecting on the fact that here Lee was all the way from Florida, and me from Texas, meeting for the first time, and Lee getting to meet Martha, and all the fun we had had, it was hard to believe all that had gone on. We talked for a little bit, and Lee doesn't know this, but while I was talking to her, she went to sleep!
We were both exhausted, neither of us getting much sleep the night before. I'm sure we both dreamed of our day to come, when we would meet David!
So that was our first day. It is one that I will treasure forever. I'll continue later with the fun from Sunday, but this is long enough for now.
I must say this though. Sometimes there are people that we know from a distance, and feel close to, but when we meet in person, it just isn't the same. I want everyone to know that Lee is an incredibly wonderful friend, and there was no disappointment in anything about spending time with her. She is an even dearer friend now, than she was before, and I'm blessed to call her my friend. I have no doubt that it would be true of anyone on this board, for there is a common bond that we all have. And, it isn't just David, but rather a loving, giving heart that enjoys life to the fullest. I just feel so privileged to have met in person such wonderful people, including Ruth, Bill, Debby, and of course Martha. When I got to meet and know them, it was the same, and felt that special bond with them too, and it was the same with Lee. We are so blessed to have each other in our lives. And I include all you whom I have yet to meet in person. I have no doubt that it would be the same.
Stay tuned for the next edition!