As I sit here waiting for Kasey to come on stage my emotions are running wild. I never thought that I would get the chance to experience the sound of such an amazing artist live again. I am so grateful that I am here, that I have reached my number one bucket list item.
My stomache is in knots. I may have the chance to meet her this evening. I have come armed with a card and a present- a "sneaky" for Kasey. I have gone over and over in my head what I want to say, how much I want to thank her for getting me to where I am today, but I'm scared that I am going to be standing in front of her tongue tied and star struck!
Kasey's mum was a wonderful woman. She remembered the email I had sent when I first started my mission. That blew me away considering I sent the email back in February. She worded Kasey up and took us back stage. Harry Hookey, her support person, was in there warming up but I had only eyes (and ears) for one person....Kasey! Her mum introduced both Brad and myself and Kasey greeted us with a hug which took all my previous fears away.
Meeting Kasey was such a amazing experience one I will treasure forever. Such a humble, girl next door kind of person with a heart of gold. She showed genuine compassion and interest in my story and hugged me when I handed over the CTF penguin. "Sneaky number 2" I told her. To which Kasey replied "my kids do sneaky number twos!" She spoke to us like we had known her for ever.
She amazed me when I asked her if we could take a photo with Sneaky and she said that she would get her Sneaky too and proceeded to wrip open the packaging of her penguin. My heart melted. I didn't think that I could love her anymore than I did at that moment. It turned out I was wrong. The highlight of the night was when she came out to start the show and had her Sneaky in her hand. She placed Sneaky #2 on the drum kit but he kept falling off so she put him on the stage in front of her microphone. I could hardly contain my excitement, I had tears rolling down my cheeks. Kasey Chambers cared about my cause!
It is difficult to find words to describe the contentment I feel after meeting Kasey and listening to such a fantastic concert. I don't think that anything can burst the happy bubble that I am living in at the moment and nor do I want it too..."I'm alive!".