Yesterday, I was sitting at the dining room table paying bills when Ryan came up the stairs and plopped his backpack down on the chair next to mine. A familiar shape caught my eye. I looked closer. Sure enough, it was Takeshi!
"That's Takeshi!" I exclaimed. "How....?"
"Kylee gave it to me," he explained. I must have still looked confused, so he elaborated, "At the Jennifer Show."
"Oh, that's awesome," I said. "Has it been on your backpack this whole time?"
"Yeah, people ask me about it, and I tell them it's some weird horse fish hybrid."
"You should tell them it's Takeshi,"
Twenty four hours have passed, and I suspect Ryan's already forgotten Takeshi's name. That's fine. It's enough that he keeps the pin on his backpack. I'm glad he has a tangible reminder of that wonderful weekend and the big part he played in its success.
It's also a reminder that I never shared one of my absolute favorite Jennifer Show pictures. This was taken by Beth McCarley and shows Ryan hanging out with Heather Malone's longtime partner, Josh Wesner, at the announcing/technology table. Officially, Josh was our announcer, but really, he and Ryan ran the entire show.
Thanks again, Ryan and Josh. We really couldn't have done it without you. Thank you also to Kylee, for Ryan's Takeshi and everything else.