Reba: The Lesson She Never Forgot
Reba McEntire is busier now in her life and career than she has ever been. She’s a coach on NBC’s The Voice. She just released a new album and a lifestyle book filled with tales, recipes, and fun ideas for simple living. The book is called Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots.
We talked with Reba recently, and she told us an important lesson she learned in life from her parents that she practices to this day. She said, “Oh my gosh, I had to learn it the hard way several times. If you say you’re gonna do something, go through with it. That teaches you to be careful what you volunteer for and don’t just spout it out, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ll be there.'”
She added, “If you’re not gonna be there, don’t say it because people depend upon you, and they schedule their time around what you just said. So, honor their time and their life by only doing what you say you’re gonna do. Do what you say you’re gonna do. Keep your word. Show up on time and be prepared.”
Reba recalled watching her parents practice that, “That was a strong point from Mom and Daddy to keep your word. There are a lot of times that Daddy signed big contracts for cattle or buying land with just a handshake. There was no contract ’cause they knew he was good for it.”
She concluded with a smile, “They were good people.”
Last month (10/10), Reba released a new song and video for the Not That Fancy album that accompanies the new book. The song is called “Seven Minutes In Heaven,” and it is a moving tribute to Reba’s mother, Jacqueline, who died at the age of 93 in March of 2020.
The lyrics to the new song include, “If I had seven minutes in Heaven / I know just what I’d do / Take a walk down those golden streets / And find a quiet corner booth / I wouldn’t spend all my seconds asking God questions / ‘Cause He knows I’d be back soon / If I had seven minutes in Heaven / I’d spend them all with you.”