Merry Swiftmas, indeed

With all the buzz surrounding Taylor Swift lately about her random gift giving to fans across the country, I thought it would be cool to share the story of the most meaningful gift she gave me.

In April of 2009, all I wanted was for my mom to take me to “The Hannah Montana Movie” premiere at the Green Hills Mall movie theater in Nashville, Tenn.

My mom ended up driving me down for the day and we were able to watch all the stars do press on the red carpet.

Taylor stayed until the end of the movie, and because she was leaving in a big hurry, she was not able to stop or sign autographs. As she was walking out, she noticed me and I asked for a picture and she said “I can’t tonight, but next time I see you, I promise.”

Luckily enough, I had tickets to see her play the Grand Ole Opry the next week.

I made a sign before going into the concert that said “Taylor, will you take a picture with me?” and on the opposite side it said “You promised!” I didn’t know what I was expecting, but I hoped for something.

My friend and I were right up against the stage as Taylor came out.

I wasn’t sure, but as soon as she saw me and my sign I could have sworn she winked at me.

At the end of her set, I had given up on the idea of getting my picture when I looked up and saw Taylor running toward me.

She got down on her knees and gave me the biggest hug, then grabbed the camera out of my hand and said “Smile!” and took the greatest selfie, or as we called it back then “MySpace pic,” of all time. Then she said “Love you, girl” and ran backstage.

I was able to thank Taylor for taking the picture the next time I saw her and she simply replied with “I always keep my promises.”

Column by Breanna SillFeatures Editor