That, Jennifer explained, is how much she loved being around Blackmon and the Cowboys.
Proctor might have heard all of that, but what really stuck out was the fact that they didn't have tickets. Hey, he's a ticket guy. Tickets are what he does.
“Would you like to go to the game?” he said. “I've got tickets for you if you want ‘em.”
There was no hesitation.
A few days later, the Hamiltons had three Bedlam tickets in hand.
“She sent me a picture with her holding those three tickets,” Proctor said, “and the smile on her face was bigger than Dallas.”
Olivia flashed that smile plenty during the Bedlam game. What Cowboy fan didn't love watching OSU destroy OU?
“First time we beat ‘em in eight years,” she said proudly earlier this week. “It was pretty cool when the people rushed the field.”
Pretty cool, too, when she got to see her buddy Justin after the game. Blackmon gave her a Big 12 champion hat and a big orange paddle, a gift from the Paddle People.
Now, Olivia is trying to convince her mom to let her pack the paddle for their trip to Phoenix.
Going to the Fiesta Bowl is going to be a celebration. For starters, New Year's Eve is Olivia's birthday, but every bit as important is the milestone she'll hit on Jan. 11.
Her last day of treatment.
She'll still have to take oral medications, see the doctors regularly and have procedures every three or four months, but the weekly Wednesday trips from Sperry to the hospital in Tulsa for chemo will soon be done.
Even though she's battled complications — chemo made her bones brittle, for example, and she had to be casted nearly half a dozen times this year — she is doing well now. Her hair's even starting to grow back.
“I wanna grow my hair back so bad,” she said, “but I don't wanna brush it.”
It's impossible not to love this little girl.
Scooter Proctor sure couldn't help it.
“I just can't ever imagine having a kid that has to go through that,” he said. “We'd just got beat by Baylor, and I'm sitting there feeling sorry for myself.”
Emotion caught in his voice.
“She's just an amazing little girl.”
Now, she is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime. Olivia will never forget it, but neither will Proctor.
“I get to feeling almost bad because I feel so good about what I've done,” he said. “It's almost like you're not supposed to feel that way. You do it because you're supposed to do it.
“When you get hit like that ... you just gotta go do it.”