The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

May 12, 2014

‘Cher’ing an experience

By B.J. Drye, Editor

Sunday, May 11, 2014 — Mother’s Day.

Today is Mother’s Day.

Usually I would have been scrounging around at the last minute this week looking to find Mom the perfect gift.

It’s hard shopping for Mom.

I mean, she has everything she could ever want and need … me.

But this year is different. This is the first Mother’s Day she has spent without her mom, Grandma. It still is hard to believe, even though it is nearly four months later, that Grandma is gone. We really did believe she would live forever and then within a few minutes she was no longer with us.

That’s why my message today is so important.

Spend time with your mom. Someone once gave me that wisdom, to spend as much time with your parents as you can, because one day there won’t be a time. Even though this person and I grew to not agree on everything, he was right about that.

I do spend a lot of time with Mom and I do still get on her nerves, but in the end I’m the only child she has, so Mom, you’ve got me, and “I’ve Got You Babe.”

Back to the gift. Mom, you really have to watch the kind of hints you drop, because sometimes a comment that is not a hint can be perceived as one.

Mom mentioned last year that if Cher ever came to the area she wouldn’t mind seeing her.

So, after seeing her appear on “Live With Kelly and Michael,” I got us tickets. Because, who else would she take?

The concert was great, with Cyndi Lauper as the special guest. They shared traits, but the performances were vastly different. While Cyndi was comical and interacted on a personal level with the audience more, Cher was just Cher. She was over the top with the signature extravagant wardrobes, acrobats, dancers and multiple set changes. She even traveled throughout the arena on a lift, circling the auditorium like the moon circling the earth — leaving many in the audience starstruck, or at least “Moonstruck.”

A variety of personalities filled the arena, and that is putting it mildly. Some people were up dancing, while others were probably annoyed at some of the language used. Plus, all generations were represented.

Until I say “I Found Someone” in this “Woman’s World” “Strong Enough” to “Believe” in me, “You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me” and Mom at these concerts.

Especially when I let her pay.

(I’m kidding. I paid for the seats and the overpriced food.)

So everyone, as long as “The Beat Goes On,” share some time (or Cher some time) with your mother today if you are still in contact with her.  

I’ll probably end up doing her a favor today … by getting Dad out of the house to see a movie.

She might enjoy that present better than Cher.

B. J. Drye is editor of The Stanly News & Press. Email or write PO Box 488, Albemarle, NC 28002.