It’s My Kinda Party…

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.

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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.

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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:

Old Dominion, Cole Swindell, Brantley Gilbert, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney – thanks for a great time and for reminding me that small town, country life isn’t all bad.

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