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    Posted on Sep 24, 2015

    My Mom And I Went To A Taylor Swift Concert And It Was Pure Magic

    The only person cooler than Taylor Swift is my mom.

    All the way back in February, when I turned 26, my mom got me the best birthday present ever: Tickets to Taylor Swfit's 1989 World Tour.

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    I cried, partly because there's something especially emotionally binding when you're a Taylor Swift fan who was also born in 1989; you essentially grew up together. I saw her music video for "Teardrops On My Guitar" back in 2006 on CMT, bought her album, and listened to "Our Song" on repeat in my car. I was a junior in high school, living in small town Ohio. Soon I'd get accepted to New York University and leave — back then, being a Taylor Swift fan still felt small and exclusive, like you were in on some wonderful secret.

    When Fearless came out in 2008, I was living in New York, dealing with my first major breakup — Fearless was a small but substantial lifeboat. Speak Now came out in 2010, just before I graduated. I was terrified and excited, I felt tiny and infinitely full of potential, and I listened to "Long Live" on repeat.

    Two years later, I was working as a bartender, dealing with another breakup, and I was acutely miserable. I still felt tiny — even smaller — and I'd hit a dead-end. I'd put Red on as I cleaned the bar at the end of my shift, and dance around to "I Knew You Were Trouble," feeling just a tiny bit bigger.

    When 1989 came out last year, I'd finally gotten a writing job. I started believing that, after 7 years in New York, I was carving out a place for myself. And it seemed Taylor was feeling the exact same thing in the exact same city.

    Apart from being born in the same year and going through similar growing pains, Taylor Swift and I have another huge thing in common: Our moms are our best friends.

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    My mom, like Taylor's, has always been my friend — especially when I didn't have many.

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    Though we're a decidedly less graceful pair.

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    But seriously, my mom's a superhero. She went back to medical school when she was 40 years old, she moved to a different city to do a prestigious residency and drove two hours home three times a week. She still made refreshments for all my high school theater productions and came to all my shows. She took me to New York for the first time when I was 16 because I wanted to see a Broadway show. She's a superhero.

    Two months after my mom gave me the tickets, Taylor posted that her mom had been diagnosed with cancer on Tumblr. It was a heartbreaking, terrifying awakening, and it made me just that much more grateful for every minute I get to spend with my mom/BFFL.

    So 8 months after I'd set the countdown on my phone, we started getting ready for the concert.

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    Ironically, I had to travel from New York to my mom's hometown of Columbus, Ohio to see Taylor.

    And we perfected our red lip classic thing together. We were ready.

    Keely Flaherty

    We realized later that our matching black outfits and blue nails made it look like we were going to a very hip funeral in space.

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    Oh well.

    My mom, always prepared, listened to 1989 on repeat in her car for weeks until she'd learned all the lyrics.

    And I do mean all the lyrics.

    If you've never been to a Taylor Swift concert, I can tell you one thing for sure: It's full of the best energy.

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    There are tons of young girls, young women, moms, daughters, grandmothers, and they're all just so excited. We saw tutus, costumes from the "Wildest Dreams" music video, glow sticks, glow paint, two women had on bathrobes with a sign that read, "Put some damn clothes on!" The mood was just amazing.

    It made me a little bit sad, thinking how I used to be that young and excited about everything. But then I remembered that it's fine, because I can drink alcohol now.

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    Totally fine.

    Then we found our seats, and I got teary (for the first time).

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    We were so close to the stage, and there were so many people. And we were all in the same place because the same person had made us feel a little less alone in the world. Look, it's cheesy, but honestly it was SO UNEXPECTEDLY EMOTIONAL.

    And then we met Taylor. Haha, I am messing with you.

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    Such a good joke.

    But we did get a very quick glimpse of Taylor's mom before she was overtaken by fans.

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    Keely Flaherty

    It was a very cool couple seconds.

    Vance Joy opened, and he did a cover of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," and my mom was very excited because she knew that song.

    And then Taylor came out. And I got teary (for the second time).

    After months and months of anticipation, the show was more amazing than either of us could have imagined.

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    And we sang along, because MY MOM KNEW ALL THE LYRICS.

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    The lady behind us was over it.

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    We look like angry baby birds waiting to be fed.

    But honestly, who could blame her?

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    It really was magical. It was a magical evening. I got to see this person who I've felt weirdly close to since high school, next to the one person I've felt close to my whole life.

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    At the end of the concert, all this confetti fell from the ceiling and I teared up (for the last time).

    Keely Flaherty
    Keely Flaherty

    Because Taylor Swift is awesome, but my mom is the best.

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