A Guardian's Special Influence
"If these walls could talk" went through my mind as I
got to know the life story of my
new client, a widow with no children living alone in her 80s in
Southwest Florida. As I was searching for items that told the
story of just who this client was, I found a treasure trove of music
There were autographed photos of my client, a photo album of
different bands she had played with and autographs of the
band members. There was also a handwritten song book
of her material.
As a young girl, Texarkana Rose had
been put up for adoption by her mother, and was taken in and raised by
her grandmother in the New England area. (We are protecting the client's identity by utilizing a different stage name.)
From Tough Childhood to Fame
She was loved by her grandmother, but not by her mom.
But we never talked about that. That's not why I'm here as a
guardian. I want to talk to my clients about happy things as much as
As Rose was growing up, she was captivated by something on the radio,
the lost art of yodeling. Before long, she was getting paid to perform
it as a means to get through college. However, it got her much further
All the way to the Grand Ole Opry!
Fast forward to October of 2015, when my sister and I were
taking our mother on a birthday trip to Nashville. I
thought of Rose and called the Grand Old Opry "on a mission."
The Opry referred me to the Country Music Hall of Fame and before
long, my mission was fulfilled. I had helped get Texarkana
Rose registered with the Country Music Hall of Fame.
It's not often that a guardian has the opportunity to achieve
something as special as that.
The timing was right, because Texarkana Rose passed away the next month.
In Rose's last years, I had many special, happy moments with her. She had overcome
being put up for adoption to make her mark
in country music.
We had conversations about yodeling, guitar playing and the artists
she played with. I am very
thankful that I was able to help her in her golden years and proud
that I got to know somebody who played in the Grand Ole Opry.