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Carol Perkins: Karaoke at Sherry's, Hiseville, KY
She had reluctance to go to the Karaoke event, and did it out of duty to a wonderful uncle. But it turned out to be an unforgettable event, with discoveries at every turn, and learned a lot about her uncle, tearing up when he sang the last song of the evening, I'm so lonesome I could cry, realizing that song might have new special mean to her her uncle.
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By Carol Perkins
I have never sung Karaoke alone. One time a group of us women visited my son's in-laws in Texas, and they took us to a local honky tonk where we "girls" ended up on stage singing "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man." The audience gave us a standing ovation...all ten of them.
When my uncle asked me to take him to Sherry's Restaurant in Hiseville last Friday night so he could sing Karaoke, I consented but secretly wished a brick would drop on my foot! Before having a few health problems that resulted in his not being able to drive or live alone, my uncle went to Sherry's every Friday night. How could I turn him down?
"We have missed you!" Sherry said, greeting him warmly. I discovered that the Sherry of Sherry's Restaurant was my former student Sherry Coomer! "I have been here twenty-four years," she said. "Seven days a week I'm open. We have a buffet on Sunday's until three." I had passed this restaurant every week going to and from Horse Cave for my radio show but had no clue she owned it.
"You keep me informed. We think a lot of him!" Immediately, those with whom he had "hung out" on Friday nights gathered around, shaking hands, giving him hugs, pats on the back, and telling him how much they missed him.
The waitress brought his cup of coffee almost before he claimed his spot in the same booth he sat in each Friday night. The restaurant has a side room for Karaoke (from 8pm-10pmCT on Friday nights), with an area set up for the singers and the lady who operated the machine, the sound, and the order of singers who rotated.
I watched him carefully sort through his six or seven CDs to find his favorite songs- ones I had heard him sing at Christmas when he came to my mom's (his sister) and we insisted he bring his Karaoke machine. When my uncle took the microphone for his last song, everyone sang along to "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry." I "teared-up" thinking what those words might mean to him; for the first time in his life, he might be truly lonesome. He was no longer living free with wheels under him to take him where he wanted to go, independent of others.
After two and a half hours, I noticed he seemed tired and so was Guy (yes, he went with us). We waved to the crowd as we left, telling them how glad we were to meet them. They all wanted us to be sure to come back and bring my uncle. "You need to sing next time," one of the men said probably after noticing that I sang along from my seat.
I admit that I had wanted to stay at home, watch Shark Tank or a movie on Netflix, and do nothing that Friday night; but I could not refuse my uncle this pleasure he had for so long enjoyed. In doing so, I now have a host of new acquaintances and a fine place to eat. The greatest pleasure was in knowing that this was one night when my uncle was not lonesome. Love surrounded him.
(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on Amazon.com)
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