FORWARDED TO ME BY A FRIEND
Forwarded on 03/17/2010 09:52 AM -----
Outstanding young men!!
This will get a bit wordy, but if you'll indulge me I think you'll enjoy the
Yesterday (Mon.) was my youngest daughter Rebekah's 16th birthday, and in
keeping with familytradition she got to pick the restaurant for her birthday dinner. She
decided on P.F. Chang'sat Fayette Mall, even though she had never dined there prior to last night.
We arrived at about 6:50pm and were told there would be a 20-25 minute wait. After we had been
sitting in the foyer for about 10 minutes I was looking out the front door
and I told my wife "that guy walking this way kind of looks like Patrick Patterson".
Sure enough, in through the door walk Patterson, Harrelson and Liggins.
Since I was literallystanding by the door I shook each one's hand and congratulated them on this
past weekend'sperformance. We assumed that this was just an instance of a few of the guys
going out fordinner, but within the next 8-10 minutes, in groups of 2-4 players/coaches,
the entire teamshowed up, Calipari included. The funniest group was Cousins and Orton. They
showed up together(they are some big boys!), and DeMarcus -- with a huge grin on his face --
proceeded to do two"laps" around the revolving door, trapping Orton inside. It made me fully realize that they arestill kids at heart, even though they're full grown men from all outward appearances.
Again, I made it a point to shake hands and congratulate every single one
that came through thedoor (even the Assistants), because how many opportunities does a CAT fan
get to do this,right?
They apparently had reservations, because as each mini-group entered the
restaurant theyproceeded directly into the dining area, where they were met with applause
from the patrons (which I thought was cool too). After they had all passed by we were talking
about how neat thiswas, and how Rebekah had made a wonderful choice of restaurants! We thought
that was prettymuch the end of the excitement.
Our 20-minute wait turned into 50 minutes, but we were finally seated. Lo and behold they put
our party of 9 at a table right next to the team, which we again thought was neat. Even though
several patrons walked up and took pictures, I insisted that we leave them
alone to enjoy theirdinner.the way it should be IMHO.
As we noticed they were finishing up, my wife half-jokingly suggested that
my oldest daughtergo over and tell them why we were there, and would they mind wishing her
sister a happybirthday. Well, she did, and what happened next is the meat of the story.
Patterson, Harrelson, Hood and Stevenson walked over behind her (at the head
of the table), andPatrick leaned over her shoulder, gave her a hug and asked her name and how
old she was. Aftershe told him he straightened up, raised his arms and said to the entire
dining room "Hey, it's'Bekah's 16th birthday, so why don't we all sing to her?". Josh kicked it
off, and those 4players, our table, and the rest of the patrons in the dining room sang
Happy Birthday to her!
You can imagine the impact this had on her. She had an ear-to-ear grin that
might have been thewidest I've ever seen on a person! They also gave her a cake that someone
had brought for them.It was a store-bought cake that read "Congrats Cats, 2010 SEC Champs". Josh
said "we'll nevereat this, why don't you take it". Then there were a few more "thank you's"
and handshakes, andthey left the restaurant. As you can imagine, all eyes were on our table,
and we again thoughtthat was just the coolest thing that could happen, and that it was
definitely a memorablebirthday.
About 5 minutes later we were still talking about what had just transpired,
when back throughthe front door walks Harrelson, with his hand behind his back. He walked up
to Rebekah and said"do you think this would be a good birthday present" and brought his hand
from behind his backto present her with a basketball autographed by the entire team, and
personalized with thewords "Happy Birthday Bekah, Big 16"!!
We were absolutely stunned!! I didn't know my jaw could drop that far, and
that grin onRebekah's face that I was sure couldn't get any bigger, well it doubled in
size! I think itkind of blew away everybody in the restaurant, and it certainly did us!
That's my story; thanks for the indulgence. But the point I want you to
leave with is this:
How good are these young men to do this? Heck, we were absolutely tickled
that they took thetime to wish her a happy birthday and sing to her, but when Josh brought
that ball in andhanded it to her it transformed a great birthday dinner into an occasion she'll
remember forthe rest of her life!
My sincere gratitude goes out to Coach Cal and all of the players for this
This is Kentucky Basketball at its finest!