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When my sister and I were much much younger, our parents arranged for us to stay the night with a relative. Mom had surprised Dad with tickets to a Neil Diamond concert and booked a room for them to stay overnight at a hotel near the concert venue. Neil Diamond was one of her favorite singers ever. She also laid out an outfit for Dad to wear, which she never ever did. Dad was a bit taken aback, but he put it on anyway.
At the concert, when Neil Diamond stepped out on stage, Dad realized right away why Mom had picked out clothes for him - he was wearing the same outfit as Neil Diamond! I can only imagine how hard my parents started laughing at that moment. How very clever of Mom! I'd pay $100 to have seen the look on my dad's face when he made the connection! This has always been one of my favorite stories, and it's just one of the many memories of Mom that Dad will always treasure.
Most of what I do is connected in one way or another to my mom, and for my dad's birthday one year, my sister and I bought the three of us tickets to a Neil Diamond concert at that same venue. We knew Dad would love it - he doesn't go to concerts very often - and I loved seeing one of my mom's favorite singers live. I felt like a part of her was with us that night. We even played a Neil Diamond song at her funeral - I know she would've liked that.