Sometimes giving a gift can be one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. You never know how much you’ll touch someone… and you never know what opportunities will arise from unforeseen angles.
For instance, I have a friend who is a highly accomplished artist and he creates tapestries for very wealthy clients. I mean, some of his tapestries sell for thousands upon thousands of dollars… so it ain’t cheap. Anyway, almost exactly 10 years ago today, he tells me that his friend Lucille (Shaq’s mom, I learned) had a birthday on the 14th of July. He said he would be seeing her on the 21st and he asked me to write a song for her that would honor her, for her birthday. (It’s part of what I do… writing, producing, arranging, etc…)
Seeing this as an opportunity to present my music, I agreed. He told me this on Wednesday the 17th and said he was leaving at 5am on Saturday the 20th. So I’d have to work fast. I’m pretty good at writing and creating music and figured I had plenty of time before he left.
Well, life (as usual) got in the way and I didn’t get a chance to even start working on the song until Friday… and I spent all day writing, re-writing and recording it until I finally had something I was proud of. By the time I was done the entire day had passed. So I burned two copies on CDs and drove it over to his house at about 1:30am. We listened to it a few times after I got there and he thought it was just wonderful and he was sure she would love it.
I told him to make sure and let me know what she thought of it. He said that he’d call me after she’d heard it and would let me know what she said…. So here I was on my way to church the following Sunday morning and my cell phone rings… and my friend is like, “Hey, someone wants to talk to you!” And guess who gets on the phone? Yep… it was Shaq’s mom calling to thank me for the song. She told me how much it meant to her and that she hoped we’d get a chance to meet face to face.
We talked for about 10 minutes or so and she mentioned that she wanted Shaq to hear it, etc. She really was a very pleasant woman. The whole experience brightened my day… and I was exceptionally proud of how well I’d done in less than a day. Anyway, it made me think about the fact that despite everything else, deep down inside everyone is human and everyone treasures a sincere gesture of appreciation… even if their son is an international superstar. To him, she’s just… MOM.