The Self Hat: Lessons Learned at a Concert

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This weekend, I got away. I grabbed a girlfriend to take a much-needed night off from responsibility. One of my dearest friends (who is also a mother) and I went out to a local wine bar and country concert. I haven’t been to a concert in F-O-R-E-V-E-R, so you can imagine my excitement.
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As I sat in the stands waiting for the show to start, I had to giggle at the irony of the situation: I left a screaming baby at home so I could go sit in a room full of screaming adults. Ironic, isn’t it? As I’m jamming in my seat to this great country artist, the lights dim and the singer takes her place at the piano for an upcoming ballad. As she begins to sing her new song (which is about her mother), she flashes photos of her childhood on the big screen.
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That’s when I lost it.
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I pictured Kelsey. I pictured bath-time. I pictured dress up and make believe. I saw my daughter getting ready for prom. I saw boyfriends. And breakups. I saw failures and successes. I saw sports teams and school plays. I saw Kelsey’s life flash before my eyes and I burst into tears.
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Does she have to grow up? Before I know it, she is going to lose her chubby baby thighs, her raspy giggly voice and her pouty lower lip. Soon, her mouth will have more than just two teeth and her hair will be longer than mine. She’ll grow up. Leave the nest. And my husband and I will be left to sit back and hope we did everything we could to prepare her for what’s to come. I can’t wait. But, at the same time, I can.
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Lessons Learned
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I think there is a life lesson to be learned in nearly every situation. During this concert, I learned three things: 1) Kelsey will always be with me, no matter where I am. 2) A girls night out is something every mommy should try to do … often. 3). Kelsey should become a country artist so I can get better seats next time.
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Jamie, Me & Kelsey before adult girls night.

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Jamie – you’re an amazing mother who believes in God and living life to the fullest. It’s inspiring to be around someone who loves life as much as you do. I hope Kelsey grows up to have a heart of gold, just like yours.

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