My little boy is a rock star.
I hope he’s sleeping in because it was a very late night.
I’ll give you the full scoop on our memorable evening after a few quick news items…
There was some confusion this morning about exactly how many people are considered missing in the wreckage of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. Some sources, including Associated Press, were still saying 30 this morning, others, like MSNBC, said the number of missing was lowered to 8, because some people on the list came forward and are now accounted for.
The most incredible story I’ve heard yet was the couple of Wisconsins whose Jeep not only fell off the bridge into the river, but HIT THE BOTTOM – the man described uncontrollably inhaling water as they desperately tried to get out and to the surface. I’m amazed to hear that they’re both out of the hospital today. They must have been seconds away from a tragic ending.
By the way, Dan Winters was originally going to keep me company on the news desk this morning since Pat is on vacation, but he went up to Minneapolis yesterday, so I had to go solo. He’s supposed to sit in with me part of next week – I could use the help!
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ROCK STAR CAL
My oldest child has become as obsessed with being a “rock star” as some little boys are obsessed with dinosaurs, race cars, or Spiderman. Mike and Jason of the Nadas are his new superheroes.
Last night his dream came true when his daddy’s band let him come up stage and sing at the Simon Estes Amphitheatre.
We’d talked about this for weeks – and I worried that my shy little boy would possibly freeze up when his big moment came.
Not a chance.
With his rock-star sunglasses on (at 10pm) and his little guitar slung around his shoulder he stepped up to the mic right between the Nadas lead singers.
(Calvin is not really a lefty, he just likes to hold his guitar that way because he’s doing a mirror-image of what he sees on TV. Don’t even try to convince him he should flip it over.)
He kept this stoic, aloof, cool-as-a-cucumber rock-star expression the whole time.
And after about a verse of holding back, he started to not only play his guitar, but to get up on the mic and sing along:
“IIII’m…goin’ down to the river, I’m gonna shake and shiver… I’m gonna roll in the water… I’m gonna take your daughter…”
Okay, he doesn’t really get the point of the song (thank goodness)… but he ROCKED it.
The guys in the band were so gracious to let him do this – Mike and Jason are dads too, and understand what a huge deal this is for a kid like Cal to get a chance to share the stage with his heroes.
This was undoubtedly the most-photographed moment in his life since the day he was born – there were cameras absolutely everywhere, along with a crowd of about 2,000 people straining their necks to get a better look at him, and cheering loudly for him the whole time.
As you can imagine, Dad and Mom were just a little bit proud.
After his first gig was done, my little guy had a few rock star demands as he came down from the high:
A stroller ride back to the car.
A McDonalds cheeseburger.
and a snuggle before bed.
I’m not the least bit sorry I indulged all three requests.
Thank you, Nadas, for making Calvin’s night.
Thank you, readers, for putting up with this proud-mom moment.
Have a great Friday – we’re heading out of town to a wedding and will hopefully be back with fun stories to share Monday!