Living in a military community has its blessings...and this was one of them.
Bret is to perform at "The Swamp" tonight, and you have to be 18 to enter. Carmen is my bff when it comes to Bret and Poison. She and I attended a Poison concert last year in Birmingham. We had a great time. I so wanted to attend tonight, but since Carmen doesn't turn 18 until January 1st...so, what to do?
A wonderful friend of David's, Ray, had said that the rock radio station was advertising Bret was going to Hurlburt Air Force Base at 3p today. Julie (dear scrapbook, stampin' up friend), sent me an email that Bret was going to be there at 2p. So... I go to work, and I have truly given up on going to see him. Justifying it...I had already seen him in concert, and so I lived out that dreamed from teen years. I get this email from Julie encouraging me to go.
Carmen brought lunch, and I asked off for the rest of the afternoon....and, we got to the base, and there were some people there. Not a ton...and we made our way into the middle of the crowd. It was incredibly hot.
Bret's bus pulls into the parking lot...
Carmen and I in the parking lot of the BX. Waiting for Bret to walk this way...
Love his smile.
We fought our way to try to get a picture with him. The military guards were not going to let that happen, at least not with us today. As Bret was walking to his bus, I was close enough to ask he could sign Carmen's Poison shirt. "Do you mind if I keep walking while I sign it?" - NO! Of course, not! He signed it. I told him that we were praying for him to continue to get better. We love you Bret. "I love you too!", and I was 19 again. I believe that he is completely sincere about his love of his fans. I experienced it today.
I know that Bret is a rock star, and famous for now. It was a pleasure getting to meet him, and have Carmen experience a "star." I will say that it was a really great day for the both of us. A bonding experience if you will. But, we will have many more, and I am sure it will not be because of Bret or Poison, but of God's blessings.
I am blessed with a husband who allows me to stalk out a rock star at 43 years of age. I am blessed with a daughter that loves 80's music...my music...and her own generations music. I am blessed with a son, who found a set of speakers on the side of the road, and connected them to his electronic drums! There was a reason for the headset...but...
I am blessed. I have been asking God to "show me His Glory" like Moses did in Exodus. I have seen bits and pieces of it in the past weeks. I believe that we forget to ask for this. We forget to ask for big things. Simple things sometimes.
Bret has survived a rock stars life, an appendix surgery, and a brain hemorrhage. I don't know if he knows Christ, but I believe he has been shown bits and pieces of glory. God has given him a 2nd, and 3rd chance.
I know that He has given many to me. Over and over again, I am shown the path I need to take. Gentle reminders of His love. Opportunities to make things right.
Meeting Bret today was really cool. Meeting my Savior one day will be incredible.