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Just when the weight of the world nearly embeds me into the suffocating depths of dust, something comes along and gives me strength to stand up again.
Into my office comes Kayla Eversole.
I met Kayla earlier in the summer. This young lady was with her mother, or possibly young grandmother, at the front desk. I initiated a conversation. Usually these conversations begin with me saying something like, “Hey, why aren’t you in school?”
The obvious answer is then usually given that it’s summer time and there isn’t any school, or it’s after school, or sometimes that they’re not old enough for school. Some of them probably wonder what’s wrong with me not to know these things.
Thus began my conversation with Kayla.
“Well, what are you going to do this summer,” I asked?
Kayla told me she was going to Dukefest.
“Du-waaaa,” I said.
Kayla explained to me that she was a big fan of the television series, Dukes of Hazard, and that she was going to Dukefest at Sevierville, Tenn.
“Wow,” I said. How can a 20-year-old television series have such a hold on a 10-year-old girl?
The Dukes of Hazard was a series from 1979 – 1985. Characters Bo and Luke tried to come up with get-rich-quick schemes while racing around in their car, General Lee, and dealing with funny characters like Boss Hogg and a bunch of funny law officers while Daisy Duke in her trademark cutoff jeans kept the American male population tuning in.
One of the show’s law officers had a spin-off series named after the character, “Enos.”
Kayla is a big fan. So, I just casually mentioned that she should have a good time and if possible, get an autographed photo of Daisy Duke, (actress Catherine Bach), for me.
Last week Kayla visited my office while I was out. When I returned to my office, there, waiting patiently for me was Daisy Duke, or that is, an autographed photo, signed, “Love, Catherine Bach…Daisy,” followed by a heart and X O X. Daisy/Catherine obviously remembered meeting me.
This isn’t the first time that Daisy Duke and I have crossed paths. In 1986, Billy Warth, formerly of the long gone Warth Farm Supply of Cynthiana, came to me with an offer. He had tickets to the Monster Big Enormous Loud Super-sized Truck & Tractor Pull featuring television star Daisy Duke, live at Rupp Arena.
I went and watched tractors with 16 engines and tractors with six airplane engines and a tractor with 46 jet engines and maybe an Atlas rocket engine and every time I saw Billy’s mouth move I said, “WHAT? I can’t hear a thing!”
As silence befell the arena, Daisy Duke was introduced. Realizing that she was an actress with her own name, Daisy being a character she plays, I would respect her for her talent and give Catherine Bach a polite standing ovation as a convertible drove her around the arena.
As the car came before me and Catherine’s eyes met the eyes of the 5,000 people in the seats of my section, I grabbed Billy’s collar and shook him screaming, “DAISY, DAISY DUKE, DAISY DUKE.” I guess I thought that if I jumped around that maybe she would pick me out of the crowd and say, “Hey, little buddy.”
On the way out of the arena, Billy looked at me and said, “You really handled that with class. I’ll be surprised if she’s not waiting for you in a limo outside.”
Having just written this I am now realizing that maybe he was being sarcastic.
Thank you Kayla for your thoughtfulness. You may have had to make a great sacrifice to get the photo and bring it to me. Maybe it was just an easy click and “please.” However it was, please consider this message as you continue growing, “a small amount of kindness can mean a lifetime of fond memories.”
(Ken Stone is the publisher for the Grant County News. He can be reached at 824-3343 or by e-mail at email@example.com.)