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When our son was 12 we took him to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Arena to his first rock concert – a stop on Bon Jovi’s  Slippery When Wet Tour.

Later he told us Bon Jovi wasn’t really a cool band,  and going to a rock concert with your folks wasn’t cool at all.   In fact he was embarrassed to tell his friends he’d gone with us –  now how’s that for gratitude!

Nevertheless as I remember he seemed to have a great time,  altho when the Bon Jovi fans sitting next to him offered to share their pot,  I heard him  say,  “Thanks but I can’t,  I’m with my parents.”

But it seems we eventually passed muster because years later when he’d become a diehard Phish-head,  he gifted us with tickets to a Phish show for our anniversary.

In the envelope with the concert tickets were two expertly rolled joints.

Dana Susan Lehrman

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  1. John Shutkin says:

    What a great, cool kid, Dana. A tribute to brilliant child rearing by his parents, no doubt.
    Dare I assume that you happily partook of all the gifts in the envelope?

  2. Betsy Pfau says:

    I think it probably was embarrassing for a 12 year old to be seen with his parents at such a venue (though I’ve been to a Bon Jovi concert – they put on quite a show; just hard for a 12 year old to deal with his parents).

    Nice of Noah to provide Phish tickets as an anniversary gift, including the proper way to enjoy the experience! Did you toke up?

  3. Suzy says:

    Wonderful story, Dana! I took my kids to a number of rock concerts, and I don’t think they were embarrassed to be with me – at least they never said so! Maybe Noah is cooler than my kids. I’m glad he later gave you tickets to a Phish concert, along with the appropriate way to enjoy it. Did you smoke the joints at home or after you got to the concert? (In my experience, even long before legalization, there were always a lot of joints being passed around at concerts.)

    • Thanx Suzy, who remembers but I’m sure they didn’t go to waste!

      I remember coming out of Carnegie Hall of all places when Trey Anastasio, the Phish guitarist was performing with a classical music group and one could barely avoid the weedy smell out on 7th Ave – am sure that seldom happens at Carnegie Hall!

  4. What a sweet story, especially the ending!

  5. Marian says:

    As parents, you were cooler than Noah gave you credit for, Dana, but then Noah returned a cool favor. Hope you enjoyed the joints.

  6. Fred Suffet says:

    Lovely story, Dana, and I already knew that Noah was (and is) a nice kid.

    It’s certainly your right not to divulge whether you used the proferred goods, and I won’t try to twist your arm into doing so. However, if I ever learn that you had simply tossed said goods away, I may be tempted never to speak to you again!

  7. Laurie Levy says:

    Great story, Dana. It’s wonderful that your son felt he could share the full experience with you.

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