Well, It’s Monday Morning and once again I am so happy to be sitting here in my own house listening to Riley chatter about dinosaurs and elephants and know that I don’t have to pack a suitcase again until we head back to MN for Christmas. But I am also feeling a little sad because the Reba and Kelly tour is officially over and it truly was a really special time for everyone involved. It was one of those experiences that you have in life that you will talk about forever. I am sure my family And friends will get sick of me telling stories about the time I toured with Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson….I can already hear it “Yes, Melissa!! We KNOW YOU WERE ON THE TWO WORLDS TWO VOICES TOUR IN 2009!!!!”….OR “MOTHER!!!PLEASE STOP DOING YOUR ACT FOR MY FRIENDS!!! THAT WAS 15 YEARS AGO!! LET IT GO”…oh well. A person can’t help talking about something they loved doing. One reason I am a little sad is I don’t know if I will ever get to see Reba and Kelly sing together on stage again and if you saw the show you know what I am talking about. It was ridiculous how good they sounded. When they did “Up To the Mountain” and “The Greatest Man” or “Beautiful Disaster” I mean COME ON people can it get any better? I don’t think so..unless they came to your house, made you dinner, did the dishes, vacuumed the house, sang for you, made you dessert, rubbed your feet, tucked you into bed and then sang you to sleep, tiptoed out of the house and left you a cake and some cash. That MIGHT be a little better….I am sure Kelly and Reba will work together again in some capacity but there will never be another concert like this one. And I know I might sound like a parent talking about their own kid, but this was a really fantastic show. I have seen a ton of concerts and I love music and this truly was one of the best shows ever…and I am not talking about my part in it I am talking about the music, the band, how much chemistry Kelly and Reba had, I really think that no matter if you were a Reba or a Kelly fan you walked out of the show happy. I am also sad because you really become a family when you travel together so much and I am going to miss my little tour family. Brett and Terry made me laugh everyday and we just figured out that I should be the navigator when Terry drives. And I can’t believe it’s over and I am finally beating Reba at Backgammon!!!! I don’t want to brag but I beat her 6 times this last weekend. The student surpasses the teacher! Anywho, it is a bittersweet morning for me. But if it had to end I am glad it ended with such a great weekend of shows. It started out with a bang on Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio. “Go Buckeyes”!! It was a super fun crowd. I am telling you football fans are great audience members because they are not afraid to get loud and that’s the way I like it! A big shout out to a very good sport and front row sitter Big Brown and his daughter too. Thanks for playing. We spent the night and had a great time the next day in Columbus, we had a wonderful lunch at “Lindeys” or is it “Lindseys” Please forgive me if I am saying it wrong. But it was a beautiful restaurant and the food was awesome and the service excellent…and as a former waitress of many years I so appreciate great service…sure it might be because I am sitting at a table with Reba McEntire but in this case I don’t think so, this staff seemed on top of everything. I would love to go back. We shopped a little and I have to say I thought Columbus was really pretty; I would like to spend some more time there. Maybe I can get a job at Lindeys or is it Lindsey’s?
Next stop was Charlotte, NC. And I got to see my friend Sarah and her family and friends before the show. It was really good to see them and she is looking so cute, she is pregnant and adorable. She also gave me an incredible gift. She made a collage of photos from the tour that she gathered from fans and put them together and framed it. I LOVE it! Thank you Sarah it is the perfect keepsake. I will be hanging it today. I hope you and your mom and sister and Stephanie enjoyed the show. And Stephanie I hope your second concert ever was as good as the first! We flew out that night to Baltimore and we were all really tired I think everyone went right to bed. I lived in Baltimore for bout 7 months in 1999/2000 so I was excited to be back. I woke up pretty early the next day and started exploring. The inner harbor was as cool as ever and so many more shops and things to do. It was also the Thanksgiving Parade that day. I walked to one of my favorite places in Baltimore and where John and I spent a lot of time. Little Italy. I went to Vacarros of course. Got a mochachino, bought cookies. Then Terry, Brett and I had lunch at De Mimmos. DELICIOUS! As good as I remember. We then drove over to Hampden. I wish I was still hungry because I remembered how much I love Holy Frijoles. But we shopped instead of eating. And we made quite a haul at The Red Tree. Cutest store EVER!!! I wish I had a bigger suitcase because I could have done all my Christmas shopping there. That whole street had even more cute little stores that I remember. Well, the show that night was pretty emotional for everyone. People were excited to be going home to their families but sad too because it was going to be over. There were pranks played that night and everyone was a little giddy and silly. Lot’s of pictures taken for sure. It was a great show and Kelly and Reba and the bands enjoyed every last second of their time together on stage and rocked it out. So thank you Baltimore for giving the tour a phenomenal send-off. And thank you big John for being such a great sport. And Jamie it was so great to finally meet you, I hope you and Brook had fun.
We had an after show party and we danced and ate and drank and hugged and ate and danced and ate and took picture and ate. It was really fun.
So Monday morning, and the tour is all over and I am thinking about getting ready to host 20 people for thanksgiving and all of the cleaning and shopping I need to do and thinking what’s next for me? Will the pilot get picked up? Will I ever work again? Is that a dried raisin stuck in the rug? Do people like yams? Who did I tell to bring rolls? I look at my little boy and realize none of that matters. I have much to be Thankful for and what is next for me is in God’s hands and I just remembered I told Pete to bring rolls. So instead of writing my To DO list I am going to do this list first.
For Riley, who just brought me flowers from the front yard.
For my family,
For giving me so many friends who love me even when I don’t call back right away.
For the opportunity to make people laugh.
Well, I gotta go. I will have more later I am sure. Lot’s going on in this big blonde head. So goodbye for now and THANKS.