Last night, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean were in Kansas City performing at Arrowhead Stadium. Even if country music isn’t your thing, the party and show was a fun time and if you weren’t there, you definitely missed out on one of the best parties of the year.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the show with my baby sister and her friend, both of whom were visiting from Oklahoma.
It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest fan of small town life; I grew up in a tiny town in Oklahoma. We moved there three months into the school year when I was in fourth grade. We left Philadelphia, a city with more than 1.5 million people and moved to a cute, but small town with a population of less than 3,000. That is quite the change and shock. I don’t think I ever really fit in there. I sounded different than everyone else and couldn’t fathom how you could do things when there aren’t any buildings around. But, like, where do you go food shopping? There wasn’t a supermarket. There wasn’t a mall. What do I do??? My siblings acclimated to small town life much better than I did, and they all still live there.
But, last night while I was listening to Jason Aldean sing about parties, jacked up tailgates, and sittin’ around listenin’ to Skynyrd and Hank, and Kenny Chesney sing about the boys of fall, I got hit right in the feels with a wave of nostalgia. I stood next to my sister and her friend, dancing in my cowgirl boots and singing right along and it dawned on me that maybe I didn’t dislike that small town after all.
I spent about a decade of my life in that town. I lived there longer than I’ve lived anywhere else (and I’ve lived A LOT of places). I’ve been gone for about nine years but last night was the first time that I can actually remember missing it. And it made me really think about the time I spent there and I realize that I should probably go home more often to see the progress the town is making.
So, did I have a blast last night? You bet I did. But, I also found a new love for my tiny Oklahoma town. And for that, I say thank you to all the acts that played last night: