My story of meeting Taylor Swift begin seven years ago when I fell in love with her first album. But I’ll save you all the relationships, heartbreaks and life-changing songs and skip forward to November 2014. I was one of 33 lucky Taylor Swift fans who were sent holiday presents, picked out specifically to complement everything Taylor had found out about us on the social media site Tumblr.
Ever since then, many of us had wondered if we would get the opportunity to meet Taylor on tour. She’s always been incredibly generous to her fans and had hinted to it in some of the letters fans received. So as the tour began in May, we all waited anxiously to see what would happen.
On May 26, things were looking pretty promising. The tour had just started when I received a direct message from Taylor Nation, a part of her management company, asking for contact information and which show I would be going to on the 1989 Tour. I responded, they said thank you and that was it. Complete silence for the next two months.
Aug. 7, the night before the concert, I was completely convinced it wasn’t going to happen. Other girls had received calls around 6 p.m. and it was already 6:30 p.m., I was sure I wouldn’t meet Taylor. It is, of course, when I am completely disappointed that my phone rings and the number is from Nashville, Tenn. Sierra from Taylor Nation tells me there will be meet and greets set aside for my best friend, Lindsey, and me.
We arrived at Century Link Field early, and when our turn came to meet Taylor, she hugged me immediately and said she was so excited to meet me. I said it was so nice to meet her and I couldn’t help but tell her how tall she was. She had huge heels on and she was towering over us. Then she went to say hi to Lindsey, who of course I forgot to introduce in the overwhelming moment. Lindsey said she was there so Taylor had someone to talk to in case I fainted and to remember it because I would be in a daze. Taylor said that happens to her too.
Then we went to take the picture. When we were getting ready to pose, she said she liked my shoes, my new Taylor Swift Keds that my mom got me. I said I received them for graduation and told her I’m graduating from college in two weeks. She told me congratulations and that I’ll have to tell her all about it. We took the picture and it was time to leave. She said she’d see us out there and I told her to have a good show.
I dreamed about this moment for many years, imagined in millions of way. But never did I think my hero would know my name and my story, and she did. I owe many thanks to Taylor, especially for this moment that I will never forget.
— By Lily Jaquith
Lily Jaquith, a 2011 Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate, will graduate in August from Western Washington University. She began writing a column for My Edmonds News while she was in high school, and interned with us while attending college.