Then it was my turn. She walked towards me, extended her hand. We shook hands. I told her my first name.
Taylor Swift: Hi. I love your necklace. It’s so pretty. (Then she looks right at my necklace. I always wear my own work when it’s a milestone event.)
Me: Thank you. I make these. I’m also a jewellery designer.
TS: (Still looking at my neck piece, then looks right into my eyes). It’s really beautiful.
Me: Oh thanks. (Thought bubble… I wish I had thought of giving her a pendant and chain, even though that would cost me a lot because it’s all 14 karat gold. But I seriously would not mind if there was a chance that she’d wear it.)
TS: Hey we have the same hair.
Me: Oh my gosh. Well, ah, you’re very beautiful. (I was dying of kilig-ness and that’s all I could say.)
TS: Oh thank you.
So then I told her a little bit about what I do – TV and this website… that part got awkward. So then I found my opening to present her with my daughter’s gifts.
Me: Taylor, I have three daughters and they are all big fans of yours. They made some artwork for you and asked that I give them to you.
TS: Oh wow. Thank you. Are they coming to the concert?
Me: No they’re not. Your concert sold out within minutes. But they watched your first concert in 2011. Lily was just 4 then.
TS: Oh cool. Well at least they’ll have a story to tell now. (Then she looks at the art work. Sophia’s drawings were on top.) Wow they are really so good at drawing. So creative. My goodness. Look at that, she drew my cat. My outfit. They’re really good artists. Thank you for this. (Then the small box of art leaves her hands). Do you want me to sign the picture?
Me: Yes please. For Sophia, Lily and Stella.
TS: They such pretty names. (She signs). Do you want to have a photo with me?
Me: Yes please. Is it ok if we have the photo with my daughters’ works? They would be so thrilled.
TS: Yes of course. (And she holds it in her hands. The photographer takes 4 shots just to be sure.)
Me: By the way I was star struck with your mom too. I think she’s awesome. I know her from your song Best Day.
TS: Oh she’d get a kick out of hearing that.
Me: Thanks so much for all this.
TS: You’re welcome. And I love your dress. I really do.
Me: Oh gosh, thanks again. (Three major compliments from Taylor Swift. Plus she said we had the same hair.)
No matter what language we speak, no matter how far we live from each other. Most of us experience love and heartbreak exactly the same way. And by showing up tonight, you have also taught me that, no matter what love or heartbreak throws at me, it's gonna be all right. Because tonight, we get to sing, and we get to dance, and we get to jump up and down, with you, my closest friends.