“I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.”- Oprah Winfrey
Finally. That word says it all but it can’t tell the story so here goes.
On September 22, 2015, I was a part of the VIP group to the taping of the Dr. Phil show. This was not my first. Years ago for my birthday month, I decided to visit my favorite places. I stood on the plaza at the Today Show while holding a cardboard shaped replica a of kidney (dialysis). I attended the taping of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and I flew to California to be part of the audience on the Dr. Phil show.
Fast forward to Tuesday morning as I checked in and was later directed to my seating area for the first taping of the show. I sat one row from the stage and to the left. It was during the warm up, as the music played and gifts were given out that I knew this day would be special. I won a book written by Dr. Phil regarding finding the love of your life. It wasn’t until the second taping that I was in rare form.
As Taylor Swifts, “Shake It Off ” blasted overhead, the emcee chose guests to come up and dance. This time I sat three rows from the stage, on the right side and on the end. When another guest in front of me shied away from being chosen to dance, I made it clear, through a few screams, to choose me and the emcee did. I went back in the day as I did the boogaloo, the hitchhike and anything else I could think of while lip-syncing the tune and dancing throughout the studio. (After the show, several people questioned if my performance was staged while offering wonderful compliments regarding my performance) After my stage time, I returned to my seat before the taping of the next show.
Dr. Phil appeared shortly and began to speak of the people in his life that had made a difference. Before he could finish the statement regarding one of the most pivotal people in his life, I screamed as Ms. Oprah stepped from the wings. I lost my mind. Some years later, I finally had a chance to see the former Queen of Daytime Talk up close and personal. So overcome with excitement, I had to use my hands to fan myself. Oprah looked in my direction and mirrored my actions. I looked at her as if to say, Yes Ms. O, it’s that serious!
She spoke of her new passion as I stared in disbelief. When the taping concluded I still could not believe my luck. I finally had a Oprah moment, one that I would never forget. (The show will début Thursday, Oct. 15)