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Sep 16 04 8:44 PM
Quote:My Allegan recap
The Night Dreams Came True
Beat Around the Bush
I thought I had it all planned out. I had everything packed in the car. Clack, shirts, an MSU t-shirt for Clay. I planned the route. I planned the timing. I planned to leave work early and get CantDecidette (CDette) and head to Allegan.
Then, early in the morning I discover that George Bush has announced a surprise campaign stop in Western Michigan that day! NOOOOOOO! His motorcade could very possibly close down my route. After much handwringing and map reading, I plan a completely different route, taking backroads to avoid Battle Creek. Then, I called CDetts school and said I needed to get her out of school an hour early. What was the president thinking? Didnt he realize that the wrath of Meerkats being late to a Cloncert because of his motorcade would seriously cost him the election? Wowhe really isnt very smart, is he?
So I literally walk out of my office with people still asking me to do things. I didnt even explainI just said, I gotta GO! and left. After swinging by the house to pick up the tickets I had forgotten to pack, heh, I picked up CDette and off we went. We hit NO motorcades, NO construction, NO traffic and got there before 4:30!
Jerome-EEE-OH! Jerome-EEE-OH! Wherefore art thou Jerome-EEE-OH?
We figure were there in plenty of time to find the rest of the CHers and Jerome so that Cdette could try out for him. Did I mention it was hot? Did I mention it smelled like pigs? We walk to the main gate and run into CAP121, CAPLetLuvsClay, Claycub, Clotilde, Snix and ficus. After MUCH EEEEing and OHHHHing and hugging, Cdette and I decide its time to search for Jerome. While were waiting, we see a young woman we sat next to in Jacksonand shes going to the Meet and Greet. I immediately ask her to take in the MSU shirt we brought for Clay (sorry Ficus!) and she willingly agrees.
Its now 6 p.m and NO JEROME!!! Where is he? Could he possibly have gone somewhere else? FINALLY, hes coming our way! We are right in front of where Jerome comes out and he lets her audition second. She does great, he writes down our seat number and we move out to let others in. 15 minutes later, Cap and Caplet and ficus are shouting that Jerome is looking for Cdette! I cant imagine why, seeing that he doesnt tell anyone til the show starts. We go up there and he said, "You're my 12-year-old Hayley? Okay...sing for me again." Then he wrapped up and went backstage.
That Was NOT a Meerkat!
Cdette and I go into the arena to our seats in the center in the 5th row. After waiting for things to fill up, we go to the last row in the bleachers where 2 young girls are, and give away our center track row 20 tix. The girls were THRILLED. I told them all I wanted was for them to do something nice for someone in return.
We ran into Michifan4Clay, MiniMichi and MiniMichidawg and EEEEEd some more!
WTF? Why is Ben singing now? Its not even 7:00! Well, at least he looks kinda cute in a white tank top!
Now, I knew Allegan was in the middle of BFE, and we were at the fairgrounds. However, I was sitting in the middle of a dirt track with loads of people all around. I did NOT expect to be running into wildlife. All of a sudden, this HUGE furry thing runs over my feeta HUGE groundhog!!!! I kid you not! Knowing he was WAY outnumbered by Meerkats, he scurried off to the exit where the guys in camoflauge escorted him out of the arena.
Then, all of a sudden, Meerkats were stepping on my toes! No fear, it was just Allingoodfun and MrsLoki scootching by us to get to their seats in the same row.
The Night My Daughter Used Her Voice
Finally!!! Its HIM!!! And again, I find myself completely and utterly unable to stop myself from jumping and screaming like a banshee. I love him. I am also pleased to note a young woman and her boyfriend next to us, and that the boyfriend is SINGING along. AND, a 50-year-old guy in a Claydawg shirt behind us is doing the same. Go Clay! Expand that demographic!
It took about 3 seconds for Cdette to notice the freakishly long toes were on display in the flip flops he was wearing! Did I mention it was hot?
What more can I say about the voice that other recappers havent said? He was in beautiful voice. He was in wonderful spiritshe was funny and goofy and looked to be having a complete blast! Again, I was completely enthralled, stunned, amazed and loving every second. GAWD, I love to hear him be goofy and snarky! And sing? I could listen to him sing until the end of time. Sigh. And did I mention hes FREAKIN BEAUTIFUL? GAH! I SO wanted Caplet to get picked to dance! Stupid sign!
HmmmI notice Jerome two rows behind us, checking out seat numbers. I'm hopefully thinking he is trying to find our seats. Then, IWCY startedand I don't see him anymore. So, I'm feeling a little disappointed. Cdette was to the right of me and the stage was to the left, so my back was kinda toward Cdette. All of a sudden, Cdette is hitting me in the back and I turn around and she is heading off with Jerome!!! I immediately start screaming OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!
By the way, she said Jerome was really, really nice to her and that his hands were sweatyhe held her hand to make sure she didnt get lost in the crowd and she realized how completely safe Clay must feel behind Jerome. She said she kept saying, Thank you, thank you, OMG! Jerome told her if she said OMG on stage, Clay might too, and Clay squealing is NOT pretty. LOL. She also said the backstage crew (Rachel and some equipment guy) were super nicetelling her to go get em and piece of cake and stuff.
I tell mini Jerome that that's my kid and can I please go up front to take pictures. He kinda shrugs and I'm like, COME ON! THAT'S MY KID! So, he lets me go up to the front row. I think he realized that at that moment, I could, and would, take him down. I call musicmama, SCREAM that she was picked. Then, I hand my cell phone to a complete stranger in the front row and ask her to just hold it up for the song. And, of course, she does. I move to the middle so I could take pictures.
He does the intro stuff, and she comes out on stage. I am DYING and I can hear Caplet, CAP, ficus, and Claycub SCREAMING like banshees!!! She walks outand first looks scared to death! But, OMG...he was SO nice to her. She relaxed right away. She said she wasnt freaked by the crowdbut that she was NEAR CLAY! EEEE! She was nervous, then he said hi and looked at her and she said she felt all this warmth and comfort come out of him and she felt completely relaxed because it felt like he was her friend. She also said, he wasn't sweaty at all, but heat was radiating off of him, but he smelled good...fresh. And that he felt strong when he hugged her. And his lips brushed her ear when he whispered to her each of those times. And she felt the stubble on her cheek when he leaned down and hugged her next to him. And that the green eyes were literally sparkling.
You all know how the conversation wentThe CH shout out (shes such a good kidshe loves you all so much, she said no way would she have forgotten to ask him to do that!) and he said hi to MEEEEEEE! She told him she skipped gym to leave early to get there and he laughed and said he obviously missed a gym class or two in his life. They chatted for awhile (I was amazed at how confident and comfortable she was) and then they SANG!!! I could NOT believe she had the courage to stand up there and sing in front of her idol! And then he was looking at her and joined in singing with her! EEEEEEEEEEE!!!
He was SO supportive...counted silently so she knew when to start. I was so close, I could watch their faces. I cannot tell you how amazing it was to watch him watch her. He was looking at her with such happiness, such pride, such supportlike he was so proud of her and enjoying having her there. It wasnt some act. His emotion was heartfelt and real.
There was Clay Aiken, staring at MY CHILD like she was the most important person on earth and smiling and twinkling his eyes at her. There I waswatching my child, who adores Clay with every fiber of her being, having her dream come true. *Sniff* I cant even describe how incredibly proud I was of her and how grateful I was to him. That every good thing I've ever thought about him became real to me the instant he looked at her. Every parent wants dreams to come true for their kidsand hers was coming true in the most amazing way. And shes such a good kidshe works hard in school and she is ALWAYS the kid standing up for the little guy or the outcast. She is the light of my life and to watch her up there with him was something I will NEVER forget. *Sniff* As has been said many timesjust when I thought I couldnt possibly love him anymorethen I do.
They finish the song and he points at her while he sings the last, without you.. and bends down to look in her eyes and then pulled her close. Then he gave her the shirt and hugged her hard again. As she left, he said, She was goodvery colorful! LOL!
I pick up my phone, talk to a squealing musicmama, and Jerome safely delivers her back to our seats. I barely heard the JT set because we were hugging and EEEEing so much.
The rest of the concert? Phenomenal. I swear he got choked up during Invisible when the crowd was singing. And the homey Clay was the funniest thing ever! ISY gave me convulsions as per normal. Cdette cried during YWT. We both teared up at Solitaire, knowing this was the end of the most amazing night ever.
After it was over, the CHers gathered in the middle to EEEEEEEE like crazy about the night! It honestly brings a tear to my eye when I think of how nice and excited and wonderful you all were to Cdette. See, none of her friends like Clay, so its not often she gets to share her love of Clay with others who feel the same way. It honestly was like sharing that huge moment with family. And yes, even those of you who werent physically there, were so there in spirit. And the outpouring of congrats and praise that Ive gotten since is truly amazing. I cant tell you how much I love you all.
I love Clay Aiken. I love my daughter. I love the CH.
Hugs and Kisses.
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