Yo guys, check it out, guess what happened to me!

Thirteen years ago, I–a nerdy third grader–fell in love. I fell in love with Aaron Carter when I got his album Oh Aaron as a birthday gift; I listened to it over and over again, and I still know every word to every song. The last track on the album was Cowgirl (Lil’ Mama), which was about him falling for a girl he saw when he played a show in Texas. I wanted it to be about me so badly.

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My mom took my cousin and me to our first concert to see him at the Indiana State Fair in 2002, and I remember I had just gotten my ears pierced, but you are supposed to leave in the studs for 6 weeks after you get them pierced before you can switch out your earrings. But I wanted to wear hoops to impress Aaron in case I saw him at the concert (LOL) (LOL). And then, on a summer trip to Austin, my dad took me to Waterloo Records for the first time, and of course I had to get Aaron’s new album, Another Earthquake. Teasing ensued.

another earthquakeThis summer my friend told me that Aaron was touring again, and that he had a show in Austin. He played Stubbs on December 9th, and we got VIP tickets to meet him. I was so incredibly excited to meet him, and if it was possible, I wanted him to be excited to meet me too. So I did something ridiculous, I started this hashtag on Instagram #aarondateemily2k14. And he LIKED one of them and followed me, it was amazing.

Screenshot 2014-12-17 00.46.44The concert was about a week ago, and when I walked in to meet him, he kind of started laughing and then he said I looked familiar, and when I told him it was from the hashtag, he remembered me! And he took selfies of us on my phone, and as I was walking away, he said I was cute!

Aaron & MeY’all, there is literally no other celebrity who I have loved more, or for longer, or who I would’ve liked to meet more than Aaron, and it was perfect. He is so sweet, he is always trying to make his fans feel appreciated. And we had a blast at his show, he played a couple of old songs (Aaron’s Party & I Want Candy) but it was mostly new songs; the show was so high-energy and his dancers were amazing.

I am a big believer in “everything happens for a reason,” and I am about to graduate and start my career which is terrifying, but this–meeting Aaron Carter and him recognizing ME–makes me feel like anything is possible. I can’t help but reflect on 10-year-old Emily, whose first crush just called her ugly; if she only knew that one day Aaron Carter would say she was cute. I am so endlessly grateful for this experience. (p.s. Aaron if you ever read this, #aarondateemily2k14 was for humor but was also a serious suggestion. Offer never expires. HMU)


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