Every now and then, being the ‘professional sick-kid’ brings amazing things into your life as a form of compensation. Starship children’s hospital in Auckland has supported me my whole life, even though I am no longer a child, and they continue to make magic happen.
Last Thursday I got a phone call from Starship asking me if I would like to meet the band 5 Seconds of Summer the following Tuesday. It was totally out of the blue, and absolutely not what I thought the hospital call was about. But, being a fan of the band for a long time, there was absolutely no way I was going to say no.
I am SO grateful for the opportunity, and I did really have a wonderful time, but the whole day was so bizarre. There was a lot of shuffling to and from underground halls and changing rooms with The Ten (the ten people who were meeting the band) and a scary amount of cameras and managers and reporters and security etc.
When it came time to meet the band, there was about five minutes for all ten of us, so we had to run in, smile for the cameras, and we were promptly shooed out, as I remember it. This is the part that bothered me a little because I met them, but I didn’t say anything more to them than “Hi, hi, thank you so much!” and then we were in a different part of the building and they were gone.
(My friend who came with me has told me that Michael Clifford, guitarist for the band, actually did hug me and comment on how little I am. Clearly, I was not as calm as I thought I was since I have no recollection of this at all (sorry Michael, I love you).)
They played a small set for everybody there and did a short Q&A. Their performance was amazing, and the fact that it was a small group all clustered in the middle of a rugby field while they played acoustic versions of their songs made it feel so intimate and special.
Thank you to ASB, Starship Children’s Hospital, and 5 Seconds of Summer for giving me such a wonderful day in such a difficult time.