Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New York And Dan Rather

I was ten years old when I first saw Dan Rather through welled up tears on a black and white t.v. It was also the first time I saw my dad cry. Dan's voice was the voice of absolute certainty during a time when no one was sure of anything. President Kennedy's assassination stunned a world that was now transfixed on the television set. Dan Rather's voice was authoritative but at times even his voice faltered. I liked and admired him for his humanness that day. We needed to know it was o.k. to be human and show emotion. If the ultimate professional could show pain then it was o.k.for us to mourn such a loss. I hoped one day I could tell him what a comfort he was to a little girl, her father and a nation that terrible day.

My best adventure in N.Y. was having dinner at the 21 Club with the Rather's. Wait a minute some of you that know me are thinking, is Debra leading some sort of double life? We thought she was just a common everyday person. Ding ding ding ding! You are right but just because you are a plain common person doesn't mean you have to live your life like that...plain & common. Remember this if you take away nothing else from this trip. It's your life and you can live it the way you want. No woman can be as sweet and kind as Jean Rather. Dan was just non pretentious. They acted as though it was a treat for them to meet me! I was Cinderella that night. I arrived in a black limo and left in a white. My husband and I became quite emotional when Dan spoke of his meager beginnings and how the "can do" spirit of Sam Houston University where he and my husband went to school got him where he is today. We know a little something about that "can do" spirit. In fact like Dan we are living proof of what you "can do" if you believe in your dreams. This is why my blog name is Dream Weaver and I have that wonderful quote at the very top. Are you making your dreams come true? Are you waiting for something to happen instead of making something happen? Life is yours for the taking so what are you waiting for? FYI...since its opening every president has eaten at the 21 Club (remember Barack and Michelle did so last year) except "W" jr. This has also been the backdrop of many movies like Sex and the City. It is also the meet and greet place for the stars and dignitaries and such.

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