A Memory Almost Missed

“Your teenage daughter wants to spend time with you.  That’s not always gonna happen.  You better take this chance while you have it.”

This was the wise advice my wife gave me recently while I was complaining and trying to decide if I was going to take our oldest to a Hunter Hayes concert that she really wanted to go to.

In my mind I had a long list of selfish reasons for not wanting to go. It was an outdoor concert at a venue I’d never been to.  That meant the potential for uncomfortable weather and mosquitos.

It was also general admission seating so there was no guarantee how good of a view we’d have. Then there was the drive.  An hour each way meaning we wouldn’t get home until late… on a Sunday night.

I really didn’t have a good reason to stay home and was leaning towards saying we’d go.  That’s when my wife’s words knocked some sense into me.

“Your teenage daughter wants to spend time with you.  That’s not always gonna happen.  You better take this chance while you have it.”

She was right.  So I said we’d go.  My daughter was thrilled.  Hunter Hayes is one of her favorites.  Especially his song “Invisible”. She danced a lyrical solo to it last year.

I’ll be honest… as Sunday rolled around I still wasn’t thrilled about going… but off we went.  Halfway there, though, my tune changed. We were getting our selves ready for the concert by talking and listening to my daughter’s favorite Hunter Hayes songs.

She was having fun and that softened my mood.  By the time we got to the venue I was actually looking forward to the show.  I wasn’t even annoyed by the long line to get in.  It actually moved fairly quickly and we had fun people watching.

We got in and found a pretty good spot for our lawn chairs.

Hunter Hayes Concert Selfie

The sun dropped enough that we were in the shade.  There was a light breeze and no bugs.  You couldn’t have asked for a better July night to see an outdoor concert in Iowa.

Hunter Hayes performing at Lakeside Casino Outdoor Theater

Hunter Hayes put on a phenomenal show.  That guy can flat out play any instrument you give him and is a strong vocalist too.  My favorite parts of the show were him giving an inspirational message before breaking into “Invisible” and the band jamming to a fun cover of “Shut Up And Dance.”

As much fun as the show was, for me, the drive home was just as fun. I drove and my daughter was the DJ.  She plugged her phone into our van stereo and was surfing YouTube playing some of her and my favorites.

Meghan Trainor, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, The Cranberries, Extreme, show tunes… our music was all over the place.  My daughter even threw in Rebecca Black’s “Friday” for a laugh… and laugh we did!

It really was a great ending to a great night.  A night I almost threw away.  A memory I almost missed.  A memory I’ll never forget.

I’ll also never forget the wise words from my wife!

“Your teenage daughter wants to spend time with you.  That’s not always gonna happen.  You better take this chance while you have it.”

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