There are so many things we "fangirl" to as a family, and I totally think that this is when we have some of our best family time together.
This is a little sad for me to write about today because tonight, Taylor Swift will be bringing her Reputation Tour to Toronto, and we AREN'T. GOING.
I've spent countless amounts of time tracking ticket sales and resale sites, trying to make it work for our budget this summer, but I just can't justify it. So... it is with a sad heart that I share this little detail about our family. We are huge Swifties: my husband and I since 2006, and our kids' joining of the fandom might just have occured in the womb - each one was born during one of Taylor's album eras so her music was always playing, with us singing along. I think we as parents are fans of Taylor's parents, Scott and Andrea, too. I mean; they've raised two children in the entertainment industry who are both extremely talented, down to earth and care about the world and about giving back.
When the 1989 tour was announced and Ottawa was a stop, I bought tickets the moment they went on sale as we had fan club access. (Yes, the fan status goes that deep for us.) and that was our Christmas present to each other that year. It was also our last big family outing as a party of three: our second child enjoyed the concert in utero, and was born a month later.
Our 1989 seats were amazing: second row reds in tiny Canadian Tire Centre - so we were really close to the stage.
I saw this coming from the moment it was announced that Reputation was a stadium tour. Tickets went on sale with a "Verified Fan" deal (which I participated in), and when I got access, if I wanted to pay the same price as our 1989 tickets, we'd be sitting in the nosebleeds. And paying extra money to sit closer (in that large of a venue) wasn't an option either. It was either spend all that money on one night with Taylor, or spend it on lots of days off together as a family this summer. Plus we still have a lot of renovation work on our house and property to finish.
Sorry, now I'm just rambling about my disappointment... and I wanted to share about the fun we had last tour:
How To Be A Fan Family:
I can attest that supporting and joining in on your child's favourites (be it TV show, movie, artist, band, etc.) will bring you closer together as a family, and these kinds of events will be cherished memories. Our daughter still talks about the 1989 concert which was three years ago when she was 4. Besides listening to Taylor, watching her videos, singing and dancing along, here's what we do as a Swiftie Fam:
If you happen to be going to the shows tonight and/or tomorrow, leave us a comment below or tag us on social media so we can see you at the show:
Are you a Swiftie too? Give us a follow on the Swift Life: @SwiftyFam. You will find our photo and Taylor's comment on her feed and if you click "Taylor Likes" on our page.
Melissa is a mom, wife, and early childhood educator who blogs about her journey looking for new experiences for family time.