Celebrities live in Nashville. An unwritten rule if you live in Nashville is that you leave celebrities alone. No autographs. No pictures. No weird, “I’m your biggest fan” conversations.
In the five years I have lived here, I have seen only a few big celebrities – Big Kenny (at a charity dinner), Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman (out to lunch), Amy Grant (out to lunch), Al Gore (at Starbucks). Supposedly Nicole Kidman works out at my gym, but since I, a-hem, never go to the gym, I have not seen her. I guess this doesn’t matter though since she and Sunday Rose were at the bookstore yesterday. And I talked to her. You want the juicy details?
Well, don’t twist my arm.
I walked into the children’s area to pick up a few books as gifts for a friend. I rarely go into this bookstore’s children’s section (mostly because I buy so much from Amazon), but it is quaint and I look forward to taking Elias to story-time there. I didn’t know where to find the books I wanted to purchase, so I was looking for an employee. I thought the woman across the way might be an employee doing story-time. She had a little hat on (similar to this one) that I thought may be like a costume or something, she was holding a book and a baby.
I then realized I was wrong.
It was Nicole and Sunday.
You might remember that Sunday was born about a week before Elias, so I was much more curious to see her than Nicole.
I shopped around some more, careful not to stare, but trying to sneak some glances now and again.
Of course, I wanted to take a picture, but I refrained. See above rules of Nashville.
Nicole casually walked around the store, talking to Sunday, letting her touch things, etc. She walked over to the board books, where I was.
I took a chance and said, “does she have any of these books?”
Nicole looked up and said, “no, what are they? She loves books.”
They are Elias’s favorite books –That’s Not My… by Usborne.
I showed her That’s Not My Monster… and mentioned that my son, who is about her age loves the texture in this one, and that I have read reviews from people saying it helped their kids not be afraid of monsters.
Nicole picked it up, read a page or two to Sunday and said, “we’ll get this monster book for you Sunday,” and walked away.
So, that is my big star sighting from yesterday. I was a bit star-struck, but also quickly remembered that she is just a mommy like me. She just happens to be known by most of the world. I can’t imagine what it must be like. Even in Nashville, where everyone leaves stars alone, you could certainly FEEL that everyone in the store knew she was there. And that must be hard.
Do you have any fun celebrity stories to share?