Archives for May 2017

May 18, 2017

Dear Ms. Swift: My Crazy Attempt to Make my Daughter’s Dream Come True

Dear Ms. Swift,

My name is Keri Cawthorne and I live with my daughter and husband in a suburb just outside of Vancouver, Canada. At the risk of sounding like a complete stalker, for a forty five year old woman I know entirely too much about you. I know your birth date, your favourite number, all about Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson and countless other random facts and stories thanks to my daughter Rylee.

For the past six years, my daughter has lived and breathed everything Taylor Swift and embodies the true definition of a ‘Swiftie’. Your face is everywhere in my home, from the walls of her room to the fanned selection of magazines that span my coffee table. Her news feed is all you, she tweets, retweets, instagrams and posts about you and has managed to somehow relate every essay, project and guitar recital that she has done in high school to you. She left her Western Conference softball playoffs early to attend your Red concert, I later found out that she had a concussion which she didn’t tell me about for fear that I would not let her go. She went to see you when you came to Vancouver for your 1989 tour and waited in line for hours at Taylor Nation. A few months later she talked her Grandmother into taking her to Nashville and they both caught both of your shows there – Granny is also now a fan.

Your songs have been the soundtrack to her teenage years. Last year she got her own car so she is off on her own a lot, and for what it’s worth when I am driving alone and one of your songs comes on the radio, I don’t change the channel, they always bring a smile to my face and take me back to a moment with my daughter.

As I am sure that your Mom has told you, raising a daughter isn’t an easy job and it takes a village to do so and I would like to thank you for being part of ours. Your lyrics have spoken to her time and time again, encouraging her not only to believe in herself but to be herself (our household motto is “do you”). You are respectful, considerate and conduct yourself like a lady, your Mom must be so proud.

Earlier this month, Rylee was voted class valedictorian, her Dad and I could not be more proud. Her speech is well under construction and I am sure that you will not be surprised after reading this that you are referenced in it more than a couple of times. I know that you are a very busy person and I am sure that you must get a million requests, but I know do that on occasions you surprise well deserving fans so I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to be our guest at Rylee’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Hard Rock Vancouver Theatre in Coquitlam, BC, Canada.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at your convenience. Thank you once again for being such a fantastic role model to my daughter and for taking the time to read this.

Keri Cawthorne

Rylee and her friend Candace at the 1989 Vancouver Concert

Rylee and her friend Candace at the 1989 Vancouver Concert

Rylee and her classmate's Law 12 project

Rylee and her classmate’s Law 12 project

Getting ready for night 1 1989 Nashville

Getting ready for night 1 1989 Nashville

Night 2 of 1989 Nashville

Night 2 of 1989 Nashville

Rylee's promposal

Rylee’s promposal