When I was in 5th grade I wanted to be one of 2 things a Rodeo Queen or a Country Singer! And If I could emulate any one's life at that time, it would have been Reba McIntyre's! I seriously loved her! I had almost all of her Cd's, I watched everything she was on. Including that "Buffalo Girl's" mini series that was on TV as well as Tremors, and North all because she was in them. I even read her book! My Sister's husband at the time Ken worked for KWIQ the local country station here in town, Reba's tour was coming around a month before I turned 11 and my sister and her husband hooked me up with not only floor seats to the show, but backstage passes as well for my Birthday! How awesome right? Needless to say I was a little excited!
So, the night of the concert my Sister gave me a little pep talk about how I needed to make sure when I met Reba that I didn't talk her ear off because she was a busy lady, just get up there and make it quick, and so mentally I was like OK I'm just gonna be cool, no problem, but I was determined to say something that would make her remember me and think "I like this girl she should be famous!"
The concert was friggin' awesome like I had expected, and I'm pretty sure I irritated the pants off of the couple in front of me because I was singing at the top of my longs all through the show, but I didn't care I was watching my idol perform and wishing I could get up there and perform with her.
Then the time came for the meet and greet backstage we where all herded into this room and we were asked to form a line and one by one each fan gave Reba what they wanted autographed and then poised for a picture (her Husband was the one taking them) I felt my stomach twist and turn as I got closer and closer it didn't take very much time before it was my turn, as I approached Reba with my picture and poster for her to sign my sisters words echoed in my head, "don't talk her ear off" but then my inner self responded back with "do something to dazzle her this is your chance to make an impression!"
This was our conversation. . .
Reba- Hello, what's your name?
Me- (said in a shy voice)Emily
Reba- That's a nice name
(Poise for the picture)
Reba- Have a good night!
Me- Thank You
That was it! I just froze up, and couldn't think of anything cool to say. There wasn't even any, "Hey Reba You're my Hero", "Hey Reba I wanna be just like you", "Hey Reba nice hair". . . .nothing! Completely unmemorable! But at least I didn't "talk her ear off" like what was expected of me!
Here's the photo from that fateful night. . . . yes that's me. . . .and yes I am 11 (it's hard for some to believe)