"MAMA!!! Bastille is coming to Zurich this Thursday! I can't believe it! Can I go? Please???? Pleeeeaaase?" It is Tuesday evening and Nelly Bo, 15, is giving me the dog eyes... She is for sure putting me on the spot! She obviously wants an answer RIGHT NOW, as the tickets she has temporary reserved for 10 minutes will disappear shortly... And there are only 27 tickets left... I feel pressured. I go blank. I get a teeny weeny irritated. Because I don't like to be put on the spot like this.
While stirring in pots and pans for dinner, my brain tries to figure out how I can make this happen for her. Zurich is a good 3 hours away by train or car and a concert doesn't finish until midnight usually... It is school night, and she is only 15. I don't want her on a train on her own late at night... She doesn't know Zurich and neither do I. I make a quick decision that she can go if I take her and her best friend there. The minute I say yes she screams of delight and gives me a big hug. This might not be the most clever decision I have made as a mother. But in that moment it feels like the greatest decision ever as I instantly know I'm writing unforgettable memories for my girl.
On Wednesday she came home with tulips. A bouquet of pink for pink February. And she couldn't hug and thank me enough for being "The best Mama ever...." So sweet. I have to be honest though, I don't look forward to an almost 6 hours car ride to Zurich back and forth, and especially not at midnight. I don't look forward to not knowing what to do in Zurich while Nelly Bo and her girlfriend are rocking it in the arena (because I am obviously not going to the concert standing up for 3+ hours in an ocean of teenage girls, no no no...). I think I'll grab a movie, sit down for a nice meal in a restaurant and hook away on a WiP in the parking lot with a head light on while waiting for concert to end. And I will pack pillows and blankets in the car so the two, probably over excited and exhausted but unbelievably euphoric teenage girls can comfortable fall asleep in the car on the way home. Oh, and I will stash up on energy drinks and coffees for the ride home. It will be all good. It will be a great middle week adventure to add to the memories of crazy things I've done. We only live once, right?