I booked tickets to go to Rihanna’s Diamond Tour at Twickenham Stadium months in advance.
As the day approached, I was practically bouncing with excitement. I do enjoy going to a concert – nothing beats the atmosphere in a stadium with tens of thousands of people all having fun together.
However, my 14 year old son harrumphed and grumbled about going. He just did not like Rihanna nor her music. Here was an opportunity to go see a global star and he was not interested??? Boy, was I cross!
I realised then that I was no longer the fount of all knowledge and good taste in my son’s eyes. I had always known that as a child grows older and becomes more independent, the “god-like” status of parents slowly erodes and the child forms his own world view from his peers or other figures of authority or people that he admires. Although I knew the theory in my mind, I still felt a little bit sad that an era of his childhood has ended.
So I ended up taking the daughter of a good friend who was more appreciative of my musical taste and joined me bounce around in excitement.
It was a truly good evening. David Guetta had the opening act and Rihanna turned up late, as expected of a star. The evening ended magnificently with her latest chart topper Diamonds. I do love that song.