Last Friday, Paprika (11) went to work with Evan for the day and met violin rock-star Lindsey Stirling (Paprika’s all-time favorite musician and the person who inspired Paprika to start taking violin lessons over a year ago)!
The whole way their meeting came about was CRAZY. It sounds almost too weird to be true.
Without sounding too cuckoo – Paprika has things HAPPEN to her (often!) – and it just always blows my mind. I could write a book (or maybe she should write a book! Haha).
I became aware of this the first time she swam with Mermaid Linden. Paprika still loves Mermaid Linden with all her heart and still sleeps with her special hoodie towel, in case you’re wondering! 🙂 Since then, other magical situations have happened for Paprika that defy logic – and I’m always just amazed!
So – back to Lindsey Stirling.
Back in August, I took Paprika to see Spiderman Homecoming, just the two of us. The theater was empty (late show) – and afterwards, Paprika asked me what I wished for most.
I said “I don’t know. What do you wish for?”
She said: “I really want to meet Lindsey Stirling. I want her to be a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, and I want Daddy to be assigned as her Editor, and I want to go to the show and meet her.”
I said (trying to manage expectations): “I’m sorry, but that’s likely never going to happen. Lindsey is on her World Tour right now – in South America – and she’s not going to do Dancing With The Stars. BUT – if we ever find out about a meet and greet, I will do my best to get tickets and take you to it – even if it’s ten years from now!”
She was not happy about it (disappointed in my lack of faith – LOL) – but we left it at that, came home, and went to bed.
The next day Evan went to work at Dancing With The Stars -and after their 10 am staff meeting, I got a text from him:
You’ll NEVER believe who is doing the show, and who I’m assigned to edit.
And before I texted him back, I just knew! Evan had no idea she was going to be on the show – nobody had any idea (!!!) – it was just a crazy God thing (I think so, anyway).
We had to wait TWO WEEKS to tell Paprika about it (until the cast was announced) – that was agony. When we told her, she screamed with delight, and actually fell on the floor crying.
So, last Friday – Paprika went to work with Evan, and met Lindsey privately and got to hang out with her! Lindsey was incredibly gracious, signed both of Paprika’s violins (her 3/4 size and her full size) – and was super encouraging, and positive. Wow!
Paprika showing Lindsey her fan art:
Even MORE amazing coincidences have happened since then – so I’ll have to write about that. The crazy little things just keep stacking up – and my mind is constantly blown by Paprika.
Sidenote: Paprika ALWAYS tells me that she wants to be a movie director – and I always say things like: “Well…let’s be realistic, dear.”
But – after the whole string of recent things that’s happened, I went into Paprika’s room and said: Paprika, if ANYONE can do it – I believe you can do whatever you want in life. If you want to be a movie director, by golly, I believe in you! (Haha.)
Then on Monday, Paprika went to Dancing With The Stars for Disney Night and met Lindsey again… (more pics later from that night)
AND Paprika is going to Lindsey’s Warmer in the Winter Christmas concert in December, front row center tickets, and is meeting her backstage after the show. Life truly amazes me sometimes… (Truly!!!!)
More pics later – it is LATE (4:30am) – and bedtime beckons.