When I told my mom that her kids were sending her to the concert and that I, the first-born and favorite (at that moment, anyway!), was going to fly in and take her, I could feel her joy flying through the air waves! My parents have been going through a rough time recently and I knew that my mom really needed this lift. When I purchased the tickets I had no idea where we would actually be (in the U.S.) when the concert came around but I had a free ticket on Southwest and knew it wouldn't be too difficult to change if I needed to. I hoped that we would be in Idaho by then and the Spokane airport was less than an hour away and as luck would have it, that all worked out perfectly.
My parents live in Palm Desert, CA and most of our extended family lives in Los Angeles. My mom is super close with her brother and his wife (Uncle Hal & Aunt Dee) and they had planned a trip to see them in their new home in the valley and to escape the summer heat of the desert. I didn't know that they were going to be in L.A. or I would have gotten us tickets at the Greek Theater (which would have been awesome!) but instead had tickets at the Anaheim arena which was closer to the desert. My mom drove from L.A. to pick me up in Orange County, we went for a nice dinner and then headed to the concert.
I don't think my mother has ever been to a large concert like this and although she is only 75 she quite often walks with a cane and I didn't even think about this when I was trying to get the best seats - on the floor...in hindsight she would have had a much easier time had we not had to walk down a pretty steep flight of stairs without a banister. Luckily we got their early and took our time getting down the stairs, we had great seats and it was so much fun watching her take it all in. We both knew we had to leave early in order to be able to get out of their safely but we also wanted to be sure to catch "her song". He put on an amaaaaazing show and played over 90 minutes straight with no opening act! It seemed as if the concert was slowing down so we made our way, ever so slowly, back up the stairs and then perched ourselves at the top just in time to catch "Sweet Caroline" - the usher was awesome and gave us a primo viewing spot. My mom had a blast and will never, ever forget it - and nor will I!
We drove back to Los Angeles where I dropped her off at her brother's house and then I headed over to stay with my cousin Cher. Cher and I are very close - we are three years and one day apart and I hadn't seen her in at least a year. She is recently separated and in a great condo with a big bed for us to share. It was like a slumber party for three nights! My aunt and uncle had a BBQ with more family and friends and I had such a great time seeing everyone.