At one point this weekend I shook my head and wondered, how is it that my daughter's going to chat with Johnny Depp and I'm here sitting at home?
Saturday night, my husband and I planned on seeing jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood...that is, until my daughter's social life interfered.
I took my daughter, and her friend, to the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards that afternoon at 2:00 p.m., and planned to pick them up when the show was through; I figured that would be about three hours. Before getting out of the car, my daughter turned to me and said casually, "Well, it could be later because we want to go the after-party." I laughed... "Yeah, right!" because she wasn't invited to the Nickelodeon party. So I didn't worry that her event would interfere with my plans for that evening.
Two hours later, my daughter called me. "Guess what! We're sitting behind Randy, Simon and Paula from American Idol. Gotta go!" She called again, "Ben Stiller just sat next to us. Oops! Gotta go!" Then again - "I'm five feet from Johnny Depp. He just got slimed. I'm going to go say hi to him..." So I screamed into the phone receiver "Tell him your mom loves (she hung up) him...!" The final time she called, I'm thinking, Good. They're done. Now I can go pick them up. But no. She called to tell me she was at the after-party standing next to Jamie Foxx. "Did you know Paula Abdul is really short? You should see all the free food and the gift bags they gave us!"
Well, being the
self-sacrificing parents door mats we are - we ended up staying home and missed seeing Kenny Burrell. I figured how many times does a kid get to watch Johnny Depp get slimed and stand next to Jamie Foxx, while stuffing her face with free cookies? Normally, I would not have been pleased. But, honestly, we were sort of in the mood just to hang around at home anyway.
The Star Wars photo below was taken during the after-party. My daughter is on the left, her friend is on the right. Now, if she just uses the same determination all through her life that she used to get into the party - she'll get far. May the force be with her!