Ohhhh, I believe there are angels among us
Sent down to us from some where up above
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live,
To teach us how to give … Alabama
I am blessed. There are really no words to clarify how blessed I truly am, but I will do my best to convey what’s in my heart.
Several of us had this conversation throughout the end of the Christmas From The Heart tour. But since not everyone was there, I really wanted to take an opportunity to share some of the thoughts and feelings that were discussed. Abrra has mentioned that at Foxwoods many of us had front row seats. If I were to believe this was by chance or pure coincidence, I believe I’d be mistaken.
David has close to 300K twitter followers. He has tens of thousands of fans worldwide. Many of these fans, will never be lucky enough to see David live in concert. Most of these fans, will never have an opportunity to meet David. And YET .. here we are. A handful of folks, from all over the country, that forged an everlasting bond, through the glue that is comprised of all things David Archuleta.
We’ve had many opportunities to see David live in concert. (I don’t even want to count, because the sheer number would be staggering.) We’ve had many opportunities to meet David in person. We’ve been able to extend a hand, an embrace, to look into his eyes, and thank him for all his hard work, to thank him for allowing us to be a part of his journey, to express how the voice touches our collective hearts.
I don’t want anyone to feel left out, or omitted, because I do believe that we have not been drawn together by mere chance. Some things are supposed to happen for a reason… I have always believed that. Even if the answer doesn’t reveal itself immediately, at some point, we all come to understand why certain things have happened in our lives.
I am not, and never have been a fan of American Idol. I don’t like or dislike the show; I am just not afforded a lot of time to watch television. I saw David by accident flipping through the stations the night the San Diego auditions aired.
Now it’s almost 2 years later. Not only has David become eternally part of our lives… so have the friendships he’s created without even knowing it.
He knows he has what he refers to as “the really dedicated fans”, that he sees repeatedly. What I don’t think he knows, is how many of us travel together, share rooms, open our homes, our cars… and our hearts to these unique and forever friendships. They span across states and across countries. There was a moment during soundcheck at Foxwoods… Silverfox and I were sitting next to each other in the front row off to David’s left. And we both saw him do a double take. He looked at me, he looked at SF.. he looked back at me.. and he looked back at SF.. and he smiled his smile.. and I think he realized at that point.. we actually knew each other. (Later on SF and I would joke about this moment, and wonder if David was ready to send morse code to Ray.. OH NO.. they actually know each other.. AND THEY’RE TOGETHER !!!)
In Stroudsburg David asked me where I was actually from. I said, “You don’t KNOW??” And we laughed; he said, “I’ve seen you in so many places, I don’t think I know or I don’t remember.” I said, “I live in New Jersey.” He said, “OH.. okay.. New Jersey.” He repeats a lot. I’ve heard he does that to try to remember things…who knows. I never take that time with David to try to say something meaningful..because we know how well THAT worked for me. I no longer do that type of planning. We just chat about whatever comes up. But when he asked me where I was from, I remembered he’d asked SF that same question at another VIP. Of course she was too busy walking away from him to realize he was still having a conversation with her. But there were a lot of us around to prompt her attention back to David. I love ya SF.. I do.
I’m not a huggy person; I’m painfully shy. And YET.. there are hugs and kisses aplenty when these gatherings form. We take up full tables at restaurants and we have no shame or worry. We are in our element. We are among are favorite people, all riding the same cloud, all breathless and loud with excitement over the same thing. I’ve never seen so many women squee in delight simultaneously as I have during these gatherings.
To sit in a hotel room with 5 or 6 women watching a YouTube video of a recent performance and without prompting, every SINGLE one erupts in glee at the EXACT same moment… is something that will live on in my mind forever.
IF we get a chance to do this again later in 2010, I’m not only willing, but would like to try to bring more of us together. I’d love for djafan and Angelica to meet the rest of us over on this side of the coast. I’ll donate to plane fare and hotel costs. I’ll forgo the opportunity to go to several concerts, for an opportunity to have the biggest get together we can plan on having.
We are very blessed indeed and if I never get a chance to tell you in person, please know… I mean it just the same. I love you all.. and your friendships are the best thing that has happened to me during 2009. Here’s to a great 2010 !!!