I feel like I just got home from the best party ever. Huge doses of adrenaline keept me awake and excited until last night when I crashed. Hard.
Here’s where my Glenn Beck story begins…
On Wednesday afternoon, my daughter was attending a class, and I had some time on my hands so I checked my email. Oh, who am I kidding? I check my email ten times a day! Anyway, I had received an email from Karen with Fox News in the subject line. I saw that she was interested in talking with me and there might be an interview the next day.
Karen had lots of questions about food storage, how to store water, and a lot more, and we had a great conversation with a lot of laughs. About halfway through, she casually mentioned that she worked for Glenn Beck. That’s when my world went crazy. An hour or so later she called to see if there was any way I could fly to New York the next day for the live Glenn Beck show. Now, I’m not stupid. I knew that being on his show was A Really Big Deal so, of course, I said yes.
Thank God Macy’s was open late because, naturally, I had nothing to wear. I barely got any sleep and in the morning found myself on a flight to the Big Apple. Every once in a while I said to myself, “I am on my way to New York to be on the Glenn Beck Show!” Then I’d get a really big smile on my face. I wonder what the other passengers thought.
Oh! My biggest worry wasn’t so much being on TV in front of millions of people, as my best friend, Diana, kept reminding me, but of whether or not I would have to be groped or go through the nude cube. I had told my kids all about this obnoxious intrusion on our rights just a few days before, so when the time came for me to leave, I told them they could vote. Should Mom be groped or go through the nude cube. They voted unanimously that I should be groped. Fortunately, I was spared that experience and only had to do the standard shoes/jacket off, put everything in multiple plastic bins, and walk through a metal detector. I passed with flying colors.
Fox provided a driver for me at the airport, and soon I found myself in the lobby of News Corporation, the home of Fox News. A producer, Mina, came to collect me and whisked me off to hair and make-up. (Oooh, I love saying those words!) I just let the gals work their magic on me and prayed for their success. I was running on about three hours of sleep and looked it.
It turned out that the green room (a waiting area) actually had very little in the way of green, but it didn’t matter. I was doing my survival breathing and was eerily calm. After a few minutes of waiting, someone said, “He’s here!” In walked Glenn Beck, big as life. And he actually is a pretty big guy. I was expecting to see someone the size of Michael J. Fox. You know how they look big on TV or in the movies, and when you see them they’re actually tiny little people? Well, Glenn was tall and you know, he looks EXACTLY like he does on TV! He shook my hand, greeted everyone and then headed off for make-up. I doubt he needs much in the way of hair styling.
The studio where the show is filmed is a lot smaller than it looks on TV. We were seated in rows and told to only clap when we were told to and not look directly into the cameras. That got a little tricky because this one particular cameraman was everywhere and hard to ignore.
When Glenn started his monologue, I was captivated. Not so much by the content, although it was interesting, but because I knew I was watching a genius at work. Love him, hate him, agree with him or not, he’s an amazing professional at what he does. I have two decades of teaching and training under my belt and recognize genius when I see it. I noticed that the show is kind of unplanned. Glenn does his monologue but during a couple of commercial breaks, he was talking about what to do next. At one point, he even asked the audience what information would be most helpful in the next segment. (In this segment, my interview starts at 2:50.)
Yes, I wish I had had more time to talk! Of course! Talking is what I do! But the studio audience was part of the show that night, and a lot of them had things they wanted to say about food prices and storage. Glenn packs a lot in his show, and I imagine that his producers never know exactly what will happen next.
Was I nervous? Not a bit. Maybe that was because so many of you were nervous for me and were sending tons of prayers and best wishes my way! I hope I appeared calm and didn’t have the classic deer-in-the-headlights look. I still haven’t seen the video. I think I’m worried that when I do, I’ll focus on something stupid like how my hands looked or should I have crossed my ankles or that my necklace was off center. I’m one of those darn oldest child/perfectionist freaks! In a way I want to remember the feeling and the whole experience and not be tempted to pick apart what I did or didn’t do. Yeah, I’ll watch the video eventually, but not today.
When the show was over, and it flew by, Glenn gave me a hug. I may never wash that denim jacket! He is just as friendly and real as you might expect. I never got the feeling that I was in the presence of a diva. The two producers who managed the whole event, Mina and Karen, love Glenn, and that says a lot.
So, there you have it. In just a few minutes, Glenn communicated the urgent need to think about the future, coming hard times, and how moms can help prepare their families. Food storage is just one part, but it’s a big part. If the time ever comes when I’m standing in the rubble of my home, or our lives, and my kids look up at me to ask, “Mom, will we be all right?”, I want to be able to say, “Yes!”.
Thanks, Glenn, for helping spread the word that moms, any mom, can start today to make a more secure future for their families.
(Thanks, Karen and Mina, for everything and for making me feel important!)
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