In addition to Colleen, my husband Art has 15 other nieces and nephews. Usually I see them only at family gatherings, where there may be 50-plus people in attendance. This is my second marriage, so most of the nieces and nephews were around before I was. I came later to the party, so to speak.
Of all these nieces and nephews, Colleen is the only one I really know. We meet for coffee every few months and enjoy the camaraderie and the conversation. Since we're both Glee fans, we decided to splurge on the plane fare and the concert tickets as part of celebrating Ben's birthday.
We flew to San Jose at 7 a.m. yesterday and spent parts of the day with Colleen's college friend Emily and with Colleen's brother Adam. We chatted about my recent trip and discussed the pros and cons of home exchanging and couch surfing. While they went off to a museum, I took a nap. Then the concert in the evening.
I'd say 15,000 people attended the concert. Lots of preteens and their parents. Lots of screaming soprano voices in the audience, excellent show on the stage. As we joined the throng streaming out of the HP Pavilion at the conclusion of the show, I could tell adrenaline was running high for many of the kids. Ben was hoarse from screaming and as we walked to the car he revisited his many favorite parts - they were all "amazing", it seemed.
After a short night's sleep we flew home this morning. I commented to Colleen that it feels odd to be part of the "older generation" now. She said, "Linda, I don't think of you as older. And my brother Adam texted me yesterday and said, 'Wow. Linda is really adventuresome, isn't she?' He had never talked to you outside the family gatherings. " We talked about stereotypes and how different people sometimes turn out to be when you talk to them one on one.
So I'm adventuresome! I may need a nap this afternoon, though, to recover from Glee.