Saturday night was quite the experience.
For the Adams family, it would mark the official end of summer. The summer of 2018, a steamy, hot, frustrating summer.
We bought the tickets in the spring knowing we had an active summer planned and this would be the final epic event.
Theresa and I over the last few years have committed to doing more music events. We both love music and now that our schedules allow more flexibility, we have tried to attend more shows.
This spring, we attended the Bunbury Festival in Cincinnati to see Young the Giant, along with attending the DePeche Mode concert in Boston while visiting Krista.
Those shows were amazing, but we waited all summer long anticipating one of the greatest shows on Earth– The Kid Rock Concert.
Riverbend Music Center is an amazing venue. It’s along the Ohio River next to River Downs Racepark, Coney Island, and Belterra Casino. The setting is perfect for an end of summer show as it has an element we love for summer concerts, the lawn seats. You know, where you can spread out with a blanket and chairs under the stars and listen to your favorite band.
The only problem with lawn seats? Uncovered. Outdoors. What if it…….RAINS?
NO! Say it ain’t so!
Oh, but it wasn’t just any old rain, it was the remnants of a tropical storm, a very slow moving tropical storm. You know, the kind that lingers and stays for days.
So, we get there early to find a seat, which was a little easier than normal due to the fact the rain had already started. We prepared for the elements as best we could as we packed our high quality raincoats, lawn chairs, and a simple item that made our event much more enjoyable, a blanket that had a waterproof backside.
The blanket was a last minute addition on our way to the truck and I am so thankful Theresa grabbed it. That blanket allowed us to sit through the warm up bands without getting completely soaked. That blanket was a life saver.
Actually, that blanket got me to thinking how thankful I am for so many seemingly small things.
You see, the summer turned out to be a very difficult summer for me as I broke my leg on June 20th, 2018. Does that date sound significant? Yep, you guessed it. The last day of spring. Turns out I was destined to spend the first day of the summer of 2018 in bed with a broken leg. I’ll save you the boring details, but just know this, on the night of Kid Rock, I was still not fully healed. Tough summer.
Yet, that night, I was truly thankful.
Thankful for my pickup truck that got us to the venue.
Thankful that I could attend on a broken leg due to an amazing ankle brace.
Thankful for the doctor who helped me heal.
Thankful for a wife who literally brought dinner to me in bed on a tray every single night.
Thankful that I lived in a country where I could freely choose to attend any show I like.
Thankful to God for lifting my spirits and for blessing me in so many ways.
Yeah, raincoats, lawn chairs, and blankets might seem to be ordinary, but on Saturday night I don’t know where we would have been without them.
Gratitude is the foundation to joy.
Thank God for wet blankets.
Oh, by the way, Kid Rock was amazing. Truly an original. Truly a great American. And quite possibly one of the greatest showmen on earth.