Amber and I let Kaitlyn decide what she wanted to do for her birthday this year. If she wanted a party at the house, we were good with that; a party somewhere else was fine, too. Of all the things she could have chosen, Kaitlyn decided that she wanted to spend her 10th birthday in Nashville. At the Grand Ole Opry. We were more than happy to oblige her.
We spent the day Friday exploring everything there is around the Grand Ole Opry. We circled the Opryland Mills mall and walked around the Gaylord Opryland, all as we anxiously waited for the doors to the Opry to open.
A full slate of artists entertained us during our first (and surely not our last) visit to the Opry. We saw 12 different artists, including newer artists like Carly Pearce, Tara Thompson, and the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band, which is fronted by a very talented 11 year old. We also saw Opry legends John Conlee and Roy Clark, along with Shenandoah and Darryl Worley.
As we made our way to our seats, we were handed a program of the night’s schedule. Also in the program was a list of those celebrating special occasions such as anniversaries or birthdays, and Kaitlyn was very excited to see her name in the program. She “officially” turned 10 right before the curtain rose for the start of the show, too. The kicker for the evening came right before the final artist of the night, Darryl Worley, performed, and that is when host Eddie Stubbs announced her name to the crowd of 4,400 in the audience and a bunch of others who were listening on the radio or online (including my parents!).
Kaitlyn told us, as we were making our way to the car, that she had the “perfect 10th birthday.”