It's been almost seven years now since I met Mandy in Atlanta on september 6, 2007. Even though seven years have passed, I still remember every moment from that day. What makes this day even more than what it is standing by itself is how it all went down. At the time I was 19 years old and by then I was a fan of Mandy for 8 years.
Probably like the rest of you(I hope) when her Wild Hope album came out, I got it that morning; and, knew every song by that afternoon. Well when she announced she was going on tour and coming to Atlanta, I jumped on the computer to buy tickets but my mom stopped me and forced me off. About two weeks later I'm walking out of my room and on the kitchen table were two Mandy Moore concert tickets. As I'm holding them, my mom walks out of the kitchen and says, "Yeah, you've been waiting for this for what? 8 years?? I just didn't want you to buy them."
so time passes and Two days before the concert my WHOLE family sits me down and says, "ok before we tell you what we're gonna tell you keep in mind you are going to a Mandy Moore concert!! and come hell or high water we will get you front row"
I'm like ok, what!?
they say, a local radio station has been doing a meet and greet Mandy Moore contest for the past week, but has been unable to win a pair for me. But doesn't want to get my hopes up bc there is still a day left in the contest. so that next day I'm trying every time, but it's ALWAYS busy. On the last pair, however, I still can't get through, but when I hang up my mom says, "If it rings this time I know I've won" I look at her like she's crazy(which will come back to haunt me, kinda) then she says, "did I win? don't worry about that. did I win? urgh!! Amy!! NOW..DID...I..WIN!? oh my god!!, my son is gonna own me big." she hangs up the phone and says the words I'll never forget as all as I live:
"You're gonna meet Mandy Moore"
So we get there and we go up into a balcony to get a preview of the concert later that night. but we have to wait, and I'm not looking at the stage, and I feel a hit on my leg with my mom saying, "Ryan, there she is" I have never turned my eyes and head so slowly in my life than I did at that moment.
She sang two songs: Can't you just adore her and Ladies choice. During can't you just adore her I softly cried to myself.
Now because I was one of the first ones up in the balcony I was going to be one of the last ones to meet her. Which in my mind was good. It gave me time to think of what to say. And it changed every second. As the people ahead of me are getting there chance, it's going so slow, yet so fast. What I mean by that is. when they're meeting her I want them to leave so I can get my turn, but when they leave I'm like go back I need more time to think of what to say. so the guy ahead of me goes and leaves, and now it's my turn.
I need more time, so I hit my mom on the arm, and she just walks up to Mandy like it's nothing. Than they turn to me....
I am frozen solid. I can not walk, talk, think, or breathe. Mandy looks at me like I'm scared of her. my mom just puts her hand to her face. I littoral INCH up to her. As I do she turns to my mom and asks:
"umm, What is wrong with him?"
my mom response with:
"If you had any idea. he's been a fan of yours since day one and you stop his seizures."
Mandy, with her eyes wide open:
by this time I'm finally up to her, and I put my hand out shake hers but my hand is shaking so bad it's vibrating. I did say something, but it's not the "hi, hey, my name's ryan, or how are you?" none of what you think. When I opened my mouth these are the words that followed:
"Can I hug you?" (not even with please)
She smiled and said yes.
I not only got to meet but I got to hug the woman I've loved since the moment I heard her going home from 6th grade on August 17, 1999. I was 11, I'm now 27. For those who don't know August 17, 1999 is the day Mandy's first single "Candy" was released to the radio.
If you've come this far:
When I tell you Mandy's music prevents and stops my grand mal seizures I'm telling the truth. my seizures are the type of seizures that can kill the person. with ease Mandy has saved my life on several occasions, and has allowed me to do things that I wouldn't be able to do if she wasn't in my life. Like having the ability to live on my own. I really don't know what I would do or be without her.
I NEVER WANT TO TRY...
So to sum this all up:
Mandy Moore is my angel.