There are days when I’m just a boring ol’ mum doing the school runs, folding laundry, making lunches, wiping…um…everything. But sometimes, I end up in sort of surreal situations.
Last night I was watching the 25th Anniversary of Les Miz and this morning I was face to face with Colm Wilkinson, the man who created Jean Valjean. Sort of puts the dusting into perspective.
(At this point, my husband leans over my shoulder and says “When was the last time you dusted?” I quickly point to the laundry pile and shoo him off.)
I was at a press launch for Dancap Productions, taking publicity stills, and along with Colm was Donny Osmond.
Yes, the Donny Osmond. I mean, he’s the Bieber before Bieber. But I digress…
(Hubby buds in again. “Bieber before Bieber? You had a crush on him, didn’t you?” “No,” I say blushing. “I was 4.” )
I had taken my photos and suddenly Donny opened the forum to questions. No one knew this was going to happen, so no one had anything prepped. And I felt badly because no one was asking anything, so I raised my hand.
(I should preface this by telling you I sometimes say stupid things. Occasionally I say them in front of the media. Or celebs. Or both.)
Rae: I have a quick question.
Donny: I have a quick answer.
Rae: Great! I grew up obviously loving you and your sister, the show, you guys were actually my first Barbies…
I’m Interrupted by here by a HUGE laugh from all the other journalists.
Donny: You didn’t put needles in it?
Rae: NO! And I didn’t even try to cut Marie’s hair! But, I lost the socks.
Donny: You lost the socks?
Rae (sadly): I lost the socks and it broke my heart.
Donny (chuckling): They’re probably worth about, oh, 2 bucks now…
Rae: You should check out eBay. Anyway, for those of us who did grow up with you, a lot of us are moms now, and is the show something I can bring my daughter to or is this something I should leave for a date night with my husband?
Donny (cheekily): It’s Donny & Marie, it won’t be children friendly.
Yet another guffaw from the crowd.
Donny (earnestly): That’s the thing, the whole family can come to this show and have a great time. You know, I look out into the audience and it’s just dumbfounding how the demographics vary. From 16 to 102, we’ve got it covered. But I’m not happy till I get the kindergarteners. Then I’ll be happy.
Rae (enthusiastically): I can cover that for you!
Donny: Can you really?
I was much calmer by the time I had a one-on-one with Colm. I’d never had a Barbie of him after all. But I’ll tell you about that tomorrow…