On Friday, September 12, Teen Mom 2’s Kailyn Lowry, better known as Kail, stopped at a Barnes and Noble in Louisville for her book tour. As a huge fan, I showed up with “Pride Over Pity” purchased and in hand at 9:00AM at the Paddocks, three hours prior to when the MTV reality star was supposed to arrive. While waiting, I ran into a man by the name of Sam Boyd. He apparently already knew Kail from his own MTV days and planned on catching up once she arrived.
After growing tiresome I grabbed a seat, which soon after I was informed was for the authors. Two things caught me off guard. One the tables weren’t set up with books, and two authors? Plural? What? To throw in an extra twist Amber Portwood, from the original Teen Mom, was also a part of the small-scale tour with her book “Never Too Late”.
Of course the authors ran late, and as starving as I was, I impulsively ate my lunch in the seat of one of the Teen Mom’s. Standing third place in line, my heart began to beat uncontrollably. The tour bus had finally been spotted. My new found friend, second in line, and I sprinted out the doors of the book store to find an MTV camera man, who we got pictures with, and then proceeded to rush to our spots in the ever-growing line.
Once they walked in my heart stopped, for at least one beat. I couldn’t believe they were standing in front of me. I gave my full attention to Kail as we briefly discussed her reality show experience, and snapped a couple pictures. It was over in a flash, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave. I just kept staring at her, in the flesh. She flashed smiles at me and in another life I believe we’d be great friends.
My new acquaintances and I played with Kail’s youngest son, Lincoln, who hadn’t even reached a year of life. We were then approached by a different camera person who offered us the opportunity of appearing on an episode. We had to fill out consent forms and then were briefly filmed saying goodbye to the stars and snapping selfies.
Whether a teen mom, actor, musical artist, etc., meeting celebrities gives me little insights into a world I hope one day to be a part of.