|Wow! Tickets to see Taylor Swift!|
That brief interaction started months of building excitement about the upcoming event.
He reached out to us again in February and offered us two more tickets so that our whole family could attend the event together. He showered the girls with two backpacks filled with all kinds of Taylor Swift goodies.
|Taylor Swift overload!|
Over the last few months, Mike has become our friend. He is no longer that stranger at the car dealership, the man I initially thought was trying to scam us.
A few weeks ago, Ashley learned that her new sorority was doing their initiation events the weekend of the concert. It was not practical for her to leave directly from her Thursday afternoon class, drive the seven hours from Orlando only to meet us late at the concert and then have to turn around the next morning to get back for the evening's events at her sorority. After months of looking forward to this event, Ashley was incredibly disappointed and so were we.
We decided to give her ticket to Brielle's best friend, Victoria. Her mother suggested we wait to tell her about the concert until her birthday, which was just two days before the concert. Victoria screamed with excitement when we called her on the phone to wish her a happy birthday and tell her about the concert. We made one special girl very happy, just as the "stranger" had for us back in January.
|Victoria on her birthday|
when we called to tell her
she was coming to
the Taylor Swift concert
Jessie has been a part of our family's lives since we moved to the Atlanta area nearly five years ago. She is more than just Ashley's best friend. Jessie babysits Brielle often and they have truly formed a special bond.
Last night was the big night. Brielle could hardly get through an hour of our day without talking about Taylor Swift and how excited she was to have her two friends be able to go with us.
|Brielle could hardly wait!|
|What a birthday gift!|
|Wiggling with excitement!|
|Who's ready for Taylor Swift?|
|On our way to find our seats.|
|Just before the concert!|
|Yes, that's Taylor on a secondary stage|
WAY up there!
|Yikes! Now she's on a small platform|
suspended WAY up there
moving from the secondary stage
back to the main stage!
|Good grief! Now she's on a platform |
that raised up and swung out high over the crowd!
|The girls rockin' out!|
|Popcorn at 1am? Sure!|
Although I can share the story, it is difficult to articulate how amazing the whole series of events was. Mike's generosity has renewed my faith in the human spirit and given us a night we will never forget. Although Ashley and Brian were not able to come with us, I feel a small sense of heartfelt pride knowing we were able to "pay it forward" in some small way by sharing tickets with two special friends.
Again, Mike has promised another "special surprise" (not related to the Taylor Swift concert). I can't even wrap my head around that one, so I'll keep it to myself for right now. But, be reading for more details about that in the fall!
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