WHAT A SUMMER! Really, what a year 2016 has been. Does it feel unusually long or is it just me?
We have been crazy busy and that generally doesn’t mesh well with appointments but we managed to pull off a few fun things this year. I think we all actually were grateful when school started this year so that things would just settle down!
One of reg awesome things we got to do was to take Little Monkey to a concert thanks to an organization called A Note Of Thanks. This group gets concert tickets for Veterans so they can enjoy a show without having to incur the cost. Initially we tried to take her to see Kelly Clarkson/Pentatonix but it didn’t work out. The tickets we ended up getting were for Nick Jonas/Demi Lovato which I would have to say may be ::slightly:: better. We had so much fun!
We had pretty great seats. No I know you must be thinking “how does a Vet do a concert that big?” I get it. The way we approach this as with all things is very carefully. Fortunately, my husband remembered that he had these awesome earplugs he had been fitted with at the VA. He took those along:
The earplugs are noise canceling after a certain decibel and when the crowd or the band were too loud, they just shut off periodically. This was a HUGE help for the anxiety and stress that crowds can provide in these situations for my Veteran. We also paid to upgrade to the VIP parking. BEST DECISION EVER. Not only was the lot right next to a private entrance to the venue but when pulling out of the lot, the attendants stop traffic on the main road to let everyone out. This reduced a great deal of the anxiety my Veteran would normally have with the piling out-of-doors or traffic.
Both Nick and Demi were amazing. While I wouldn’t have gone on my own, it was a great experience to share that with my daughter. She had a permanent smile for days and having mom and dad enjoy it as well was icing on the cake. We were blessed to be in Orlando and the special guest was the amazing Andra Day to sing for a memorial to the people who were killed in the nightclub shooting there. It was moving and haunting and I was so glad we were there to witness this profound moment.
I can’t say enough about the amazing day or the kindness of A Note Of Thanks. If there is a show coming near you, check them out. You could end up with the experience of a lifetime! You can do it, you just have to make a plan.
I hope your day is fantastic!