Yesterday was Christmas Eve, and today was Christmas. Okay, not literally…well, kind of. Today is definitely one for the books, because thanks to Citibank (emphasis on Taylor and Pedro, Citibank’s Social Team), I received not one, but two, incredible gifts: Niall Horan and Harry Styles’ autographs on posters from their Today Show concerts!!!!
On May 29, 2017, my amazing friend and college roommate Jessica took me to see Niall Horan live at his #NiallTODAY concert, sponsored by Citibank. Not only did we score VIP tickets (shoutout to 95.5 PLJ for that!), but I also scored a “selfie” with Niall and a video (from The Today Show’s Instagram story!) of Niall singing Slow Hands with my face up on the screen next to him!!! #StillShookFromThat
Well yesterday, October 4th, while in my Sociology course at school, Citibank tweeted me asking if I could talk to them. I said yes right away, and to my surprise, one of the amazing Community Managers at Citibank saw my blog and social posts about the show and revealed she had a signed poster that he signed the day of the show. And she wanted to give me that poster…..I was in the middle of a lecture about the Sociology of Culture and Ethics in Corporations….I couldn’t start freaking out physically, but emotionally I was in disbelief. I was on cloud nine.
I told a few of my best friends and a few family members about what happened, and kept rereading my exchange with Taylor in disbelief that this was real life. Today, October 5th, I went to work all calm, cool, and collected (not really, I was actually really tired but also really grateful for all the blessings and opportunities I have). I came home from work, ate some food, hung out with my dogs and watched some television. Eventually I went outside to get the mail, and when I saw a poster package tube on my doorstep, I started FREAKING out.
You know how a poster package tube has two ends? Well one of the ends was open, so I could see the orange of the poster and the pink post-it note signed by Taylor. My hands were full, so I couldn’t look at the poster just yet. I came in the house, threw the mail on the kitchen table, and walked into my mom’s office to look at the poster. It was weird, though….because there were two posters?????
I opened the poster from Niall’s show and started FREEAAAAKKKINNNGGGG out all over again to my mom, mesmerized by the way Niall wrote “Much Love,” and signed his name.
I took the time to read a post-it note that Taylor and Pedro wrote. And then, I moved onto the next poster.
Before I get ahead of myself, I was so confused about there being two posters. I said to my mom, “Maybe it’s like a promotional poster for the Today show and Citibank concerts or something,” not really thinking much of the second poster. I was NOT expecting the poster to be what it is…..
….it’s a poster from Harry’s #HarryTODAY concert….with Harry’s signature………………
Say it with me…….FREEAAAAAAKKKIIINNNNGGGGG OUTTTTT.
I lost it. I started to cry. Then I felt bad for not crying when I opened Niall’s, but I was prepared to see his autograph. I was not prepared to see Harry’s. (Side note- I was in my comfy and ugly pajama pants. Don’t judge me!)
My mom laughed at how dramatic I was being. I was seriously sobbing, as in crying uglier than Kim Kardashian’s ugly cry. My friends and family who are connected with me on Snapchat all witnessed my ugly sobs. Some actually asked me if I was just involved in a fight or something! Nope, no fights….just little old me, one of Harry and Niall’s HUGEST FANS, with posters from their Today show concerts.
I cannot thank Citibank enough for this. I’m speechless. I already cried my eyes out. I’m so grateful for this, I cannot believe how lucky I am. Taylor and Citibank, you truly just made my year. Thank you soooooooooooooo much. Thank you, thank you, thank you.