Friday, June 12, 2015

Champion Tour Day Five: Washington, DC

We were invited to participate in  a media satellite tour this morning with Miss America at the National Press Club so we had to be up early AND functioning for interviews. Tough task but nothing a lot of caffeine couldn't remedy.

It was so fascinating to be in that building and see pictures on the walls of famous people who had been in the exact same location over the years. It is also interesting to see how satellite interviews are actually performed, not being able to see the person speaking to you while hearing them in your earpiece and still smiling into the camera. Very other worldly. That Miss America though! She sat through each interview (we're talking hours of TV and radio interviews from all over the country) and managed to be beautiful, eloquent and fresh for each one. I really don't know how she pulled it off.

We had two live TV interviews and one pretaped radio interview. Caden decided to get more energetic with each one. He also saw some of the teenaged Champions doing their interviews without their parents so after our first interview, he was already asking me to stay in the waiting area. It wasn't so much that he wanted to speak independently to the media but that he was jealous the other kids were getting alone time with Miss America - his "princess"! When we were finished with our interviews and ready to leave we said our goodbyes to the remaining Champion families. Caden then realized he didn't have a proper goodbye with Miss America but she was still taping interviews. He tried to storm the studio and was heartbroken that we wouldn't let him in. I didn't have the heart to tell him that there will be a different Miss America when we travel to Disney in February. Kira stole his little heart! Click below to watch one of the TV interviews with a local channel from our area, WGAL:
TV interview with WGAL

The other families and Champions were absolutely wonderful to watch during their interviews. We were able to view their tapings from a waiting area. Everyone was so supportive of each other and when someone would return from their interview back to the rest of us, they were greeted with applause, high fives, and praise. I have a hard time putting into words the awe and bond I feel for all of them. It is a unique group to have this shared experience with our children though our stories are all so different. It was a privilege to be in such company all week. I learned so much from their willingness to share their stories and open hearts. It brings tears to my eyes thinking about how touching this whole week was. February can't come soon enough!

We had a driver service deliver us back to Pennsylvania. Caden started out excited to be headed home to his Wii U games but then quickly crashed. He gave it everything he had these past few days!  Is he dreaming about this over-the-top week he just had or the one coming up in Disney? Or Miss America? All we know for sure is that his Chico's Miracle Bear is also comfy under the head.

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