First: I live in Chicago
Second: a friend of mine has a daughter who works for Oprah.
Fourth: I probably could have found tickets for her last shows, or even with luck for the extravaganza last show. So, why didn’t I go?
But…I couldn’t have physically done it. I’d have been laying on the sidewalk instead of standing in line.
When Oprah first started in Chicago, announcements were made during the commercial breaks telling the viewers what shows they needed audience members for. I truthfully can’t remember how many times I went, or what those shows were about, except for one particular show.
My Mom, Sister and I went to a show about people with dental phobia…that was me. After we were herded into the small studio I was put in a seat in the first row right on the aisle, I was very suspicious and nervous. Oprah started her show and eventually ended up standing right next to me. Funny thing, I remember she kept playing with my hair while she stood there. Soon, I was up on the stage sitting in a real dentist chair with all the tools and scary looking instruments. I was on TV for only about five minutes, but it felt like an hour. After the show she told me how grateful she was that I participated, and what a good job I did. If I say so myself, it was very cool. I have the show on a VCR tape, but have no idea if it could be put on a DVD so I could post it. (I’ll have to ask my Brother, he’s smart)
Aside from going to her show so many times, Oprah was a part of my day just as so many other viewers have said. I took care of my babies watching her. I cleaned my house watching her. I recovered from surgeries watching her. I folded clothes watching her.
Now I am stuck watching Regis and Kelly…………..ick.
I would have loved to have been there in her audience for her last season, but I knew I just couldn’t do it. But I did have an experience with her that I will never forget. If I had been at the United Center for her farewell show….I wonder if she would have remembered me?
I sure she would have.