On latest podcast, we discuss the seven-year-old’s birthday and our recent Thanksgiving, and then recap our field trip to see Rhett and Link on the Tour of Mythicality that included an impromptu Beastie Boys flashback.
We mentioned in the last episode that we had tickets to their next-to-last show and the experience exceeded everybody’s expectations.
In case you’re wondering — and you almost certainly have to be — here’s the deal in the photo above: The 11-year-old was in the middle of one his now-frequent mood swings while the seven-year-old wanted to fix himself up to look like Link in the picture they’re both holding.
(We play a brief clip from Rhett and Link’s podcast, Ear Biscuits, and if you want to hear that episode in its entirety, knock yourself out.)
I wrote about it on Facebook a few weeks but I’ll recount the story here too…
We drove seven hours through a driving rain storm to catch the next-to-last show ever in the Tour of Mythicality and it was worth every harrowing near-death experience. The seven-year-old was wide-eyed with excitement from start to finish, literally sitting on the edge of his seat, clapping furiously after every song and sketch, laughing uproariously -- even if he didn't totally get the joke -- and raising his hand with all the urgency of the know-it-all in class when Rhett and Link called on volunteers. The 11-year-old was much more understated in his appreciation of the show but I could hear him cackling, and every time I glanced over a huge smile was plastered across his face.
And this was all DURING the show. Afterwards, we got to meet Rhett and Link.
(We all grew up in the same small town back in the '80s; I'm four years older but they're the same age as my sister and they've all been friends since elementary school. But my kids only know Rhett and Link through the television. For them, it was like meeting Bruce Springsteen or Beyonce.)
By the time show ends, it's 11:30 pm and we hadn't eaten since lunch. Under any other circumstances, the seven-year-old is passed out from the combination of sleep deprivation and hunger. But he was as alert as if he'd just gotten 12 hours sleep after the best meal of his life. So we were about four people deep in a line of 100 and the seven-year-old saw Rhett and Link as they appeared from behind a wall and made their way to the meet-and-greet area.
HE WENT NUTS.
The closest thing I can liken it to is when Oprah used to surprise her studio audience with those 'AND YOU GET A CAR! AND YOU GET A CAR!' announcements. The reaction of those women?
Two minutes later, we're walking up to meet them. The seven-year-old leads the way, followed by 11-year-old, our 17-year-old nephew (who introduced us to Good Mythical Morning five years ago -- long before we knew about the show and long before he knew I grew up with them), and I'm bringing up the rear.
The seven-year-old was very nervous about what to say, but he walks up to Link, extends his hand and introduces himself.
You’ll have to listen to the podcast for all the details but I’ll leave you with these two nuggets:
One: The drive home — and the weeks that followed — was a constant barrage of, "I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVED THE 'TOUR OF MYTHICALITY'! AND WE GOT TO MEET RHETT AND LINK!"
Two: As a parent, there are few things better than seeing your kids truly and completely happy.