For the few people who may not have heard, we attended the Supernatural NJ Con this past weekend. Because I have learned a “few” things over the years; specifically that I would not hear about anything else for months ahead of time if DC knew that Kim Rhodes was scheduled to be there – I did not mention it to him. But DC being DC somehow figured it out (I still do not know how) and trust me, I have heard about “Zack and Cody’s Mom” daily since July.
You can read about it here: Zack and Cody’s Mom!
Believe me, these….just the tip of the iceberg!
We stayed in New Jersey within walking distance of the convention center. We spent Friday in New York City (DC’s favorite place) and Saturday was spent at the convention center (Sunday, back to NYC – It was HOT…just sayin’!)
Not wanting to make the day uncontrollably long for DC, we arrived at the convention center somewhere around 12/1230. Knowing that DC expects regularly scheduled meals and remembering NY ComicCon where we sat on the floor with pretzels because we could not get near anything else – I started the lunch explanations early; we would stop somewhere on the way to the convention center and have “second breakfast” and we should be able to get some snacks in the convention center here and there during the day. Oddly enough, I only had to go over that 4 or 5 times before he stopped stressing out about not having a regulation lunch.
Our scheduled autograph session with Kim Rhodes was not until 3pm so we looked around a bit.
We stopped at the RandomActs.org table and made a donation. DC, being his charming self had trouble deciding between a button or a temporary tattoo all the while eyeing the teddy bear that was sitting on the table. He asked me for the bear. I told him that it was just for decoration (as I believe that it was). After almost finally deciding on the tattoo, one of the women whispered “Does he want a bear?” I told her that he would love to have one and asked how much they wanted for it.
She said that he had made her day and she wanted him to have one. They even put a little pin on the bear for him. He carried that bear around with him all. day. long.
Not very long after that, Ruth Connell came out to her autograph table. I am not sure that DC knew who she was but the red hair had him intrigued. She had it all pulled up so there was no need for my “Do Not Touch Her Hair” speech/warnings.
Finally it was time to get in line for Kim Rhodes. I had purchased a ticket for the autograph session and the photo op months before because I was not taking any chances of him not getting to see her. Because I never had to purchase a ticket for an autograph session before, (there are just usually photos on the table, you pick one, pay cash and they sign) I did not realize that we had to have something for her to sign already. We were second in line so I yelled for “poor” Doug and told him he had to hurry up and go to the table out in the vendor area and buy a picture. She was not at the table yet and Doug having no idea who any of these people at the convention were went up an octave or so and screeched: “How can I buy a picture if I don’t know what she looks like?” I hadn’t thought of that and I just started laughing. Doug is a pretty mellow guy but when he does get exasperated with me (very seldom) and moves into this weird high-pitched voice, I just cannot help but laugh – a lot. The woman behind us (getting a kick out of the whole exchange) showed Doug the picture she had and off he went. Before he reached the vendor area, he turned around and started coming back…. I turned to the woman and said “Watch. He is going to give me that schedule in his hand and tell me to use that.”
She laughed harder.
But finally he did go back out to buy a proper pic. We just let one person at a time go ahead of us until he came back.
Finally, photo in hand – the big moment.
DC was beyond excited! There are times when he gets so overly excited about something that by the time he gets there he flames right out, but he didn’t. I asked him who this was and he answered “Zack and Cody’s mother!” with that little screech that he does when he gets that excited.
They talked about his bear. She signed his picture. She said “I am not supposed to do this but I will” and wrote “You are awesome!” On his picture. I am guessing that in order to keep the lines moving the coordinators do not want the guests to spend too much time writing anything other than their signature?
We told her that we’d see her in an hour for a photo. DC was even more excited when she said that she is allowed to give hugs at the photo ops. DC misunderstood and thought he was getting a hug right there. When I told him that she was not allowed to hug at the table he would get one at the photo op, she decided to give him a big hug at the table anyway. A practice hug, they called it.
You CANNOT IMAGINE and I can not put into words just how over the top thrilled he was! That made his day.
The photo op came up quickly and as soon as he saw her (from the line) the squealing began. He made it to the front and she greeted him as if she was so excited to see him. Now, I know that they are supposed to to that, but that little extra attention she gave him just made the whole day worth it. I do not know if she really remembered him or not (he still had the bear, so I am guessing she really may have). It did not matter, DC believed that she did and that is all that mattered.
You will never find a happier guy!
I did not purchase tickets for Sunday because they were too expensive (Sam, Dean and John, their “father” were appearing on Sunday only) but I decided to buy tickets to the concert on Saturday night, thinking that if they were flying in for Sunday appearances, maybe just maybe one or all of them would fly in on Saturday night and make an appearance at the concert.
Had I known when I bought the tickets that the doors would not even open until 10Pm, I would have never done it. I was worried that DC was not going to make it that long.
As it turned out, I am glad that I did not know and glad that I got the tickets.
In an effort to get DC in to the spirit of the thing, I told him that “sometimes” Zack and Cody’s mother, who DC now refers to as “Kim”, sang at these concerts. I knew that to be usually true, but I also knew that I was taking a big risk in telling him so.
We thought we were already losing him while waiting in line but we got him to hold on until we made it inside and sat down. By just a few songs in, he was showing signs of being “done” and no longer paying any attention. He did not notice that she had just come out to the stage.
“DC, look who it is!”
He jumped up out of his seat when he realized. He kept pointing at her as if I did not know she was there.
He danced and clapped for the rest of the concert.
At one point, she jumped off the stage and ran through the audience, DC was in the aisle and no, I was not ready with my camera. She ran right by him. (He was thrilled just to see her up close again). But then she stopped, turned around and started back toward him waving. He LOVED IT! She couldn’t come all of the way back to him, but he knew that she noticed him and the wave was for him and him only!
Just that little bit of extra attention made all the difference to DC.
Kim Rhodes has been added to my list of heroes (or as DC would say “Here- eee- Ohs”)
As for the rest…. DC and I had a good time (Doug not so much)
I have only ever gotten to sit in on two panels/Q&A’s before – Once Upon a Time at NYComiccon where DC fell asleep on me (and when I say “on” me, I mean that literally) and the “Revamping of Fairy Tales for TV Trend” discussion at Shore Leave, where DC not only fell asleep on me but did it in the front row.
We actually got to see the Costume Contest (I apologize for the photo quality; I did not think to bring my real camera)
The Mark Sheppard Q&A:
and The Misha Collins Q&A:
DC did not fall asleep during any of them (I cannot say the same for Doug)
The rest of the concert was fun (even Doug liked it). I was correct. One of the Sunday only guests, Jensen Ackles made an appearance at the Saturday Night Special.
(A very short clip)
Another favorite part of the day happened while standing in line for DC to have his picture taken with Mark Sheppard and Misha Collins. The woman in front of me, carrying a binder; obviously much more organized about this than I was, turned to me and said, “I am 47 years old and I have saved up for 12 years to do this.” – She bought the whole weekend Gold package (Knowing how expensive our single day was, I can see how one would have to save for 12 years.), but if she was going to get to do this, she was going to do it right! We chatted a bit while in line and it seemed as if she was having a great time and it was all worth it! I am glad. Sometimes when you look forward to something for such a long time, you end up being disappointed by the reality of it.
This did not seem to be the case for her and it certainly was not the case for DC.
It made me smile.
Update: Just when you think she could not be any more wonderful:
For those who know how much I loathe “Inspiration Porn”, let me explain the difference one. more. time.
“I” posted the story because “I” always try to thank anyone that goes out of their way for my child, as I would assume most people would do for their children. I just happen to have a medium to do so. There are some people in this world that deserve to be thanked and Kim is one of them.
For further explanation regarding “Inspiration Porn” – please read a past post: Let’s Talk About Inspiration Porn
(and yes, I just now realized that I gave this post almost the same title – Seriously… All of my posts are not Titled “Let’s Talk About…” 🙂 )
How awesome! What a great time! I wonder if “Kim” knows what a gift that was!
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I think she does
Sounds like you guys had a great day! I just found this article because I was looking up some things regarding Kim Rhodes and autism.
My sister is on the spectrum and LOVES Supernatural so I was pleasantly surprised to discover Kim Rhodes herself has an autistic daughter. I’m not sure if you already know this but she’s opened up about her struggles towards acceptance and understanding. I find her fierce love for her daughter really great- especially since my sister’s a fan and it means a lot to her that Kim is so receptive to the voices of the autistic community.
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We did have a great day. I was aware that her daughter is on the spectrum but not too much more than that. I will have to look around for some more info on her. Thanks for telling me that. DC is still on cloud 9!
Yes, that is so her❤
I was at Purgatory Con (a convention here in Germany about the TV show Supernatural) in May.
For the record, I have Aspergers. I loved it there, a lot, but because it is hard for me to connect with people and because it was just a lot to take in, I was a bit down on the second day. I was angry at myself for not being able to speak to others when I wanted to. I couldn’t hear conversations in bigger groups because it was all a buzz of all the noises around. I made some people uncomfortable because I couldn’t connect to them -my nonautistic friend found a group that she loved, but I only felt misplaced. She tried to help me, but it didn’t work.
Then I had a photo shooting with Kim. I was excited, because when I saw her in the panels she was awesome, stunning, funny, intelligent…
She greeted me with a big smile, complimented me on my shirt, and I… I just couldn’t say a single word. As usual. She looked a bit confused about that, but then asked about the photo, I could only mumble “hug“.
After the photo was taken I was about to go, but I managed to mumble “Sorry that I couldn’t say anything“.
She heared it anyways and called me back. Then she gave me a really big hug and whispered in my ear: “Don’t be sorry for not being able to speak, don’t be sorry for just being you. You are right just the way you are. Don’t forget that! “ She then kissed me on the forehead and she had to go on taking photos with the others, and I went.
She didn’t know it, but she saved the whole convention experience for me. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I sat down outside the photo room and tried to hold back tears of relief and happieness, but then I thought- why holding it back? So I spent several hours crying and laughing and just enjoying myself with convention stuff.
Obviously this didn’t change me, I am still autistic, still suck at social events, it still overwhelms me. Like, a lot. BUT it is okay! I know that I am what I am. I should just try to be me. And Kim reminded me of that. And for that I am so grateful❤
Next year I will be at the convention again, but not trying to be like “the others“, but just like me ❤😉
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Oh!!! Thank you for telling me this story! I am so glad that she saved the convention for you! I’m happy that you are going back and you do keep on trying. I hope you have a wonderful and much less stressful time when you go back next year. She is right, you don’t have to try to be like anyone else – only yourself.
Thank you again for telling me your story❤️❤️❤️ It made my day.
i know you say DC grins for pictures automatically since he knows to pose that way, but you can truly SEE the pure joy in his smile here — she really is a hero, LOVE special people like this!!!!!
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He does but yes, this smile was an absolute honest to goodness smile! No doubt about it! He was thrilled!!!
Wow. What an amazing day and what an special sweet woman to take the extra time for a practice hug and then to share more of her story with you afterwards. What a treat! I love it!
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He is still in love 😍
I enjoyed this so much and then Kim’s message to you almost made me cry. How wonderful!
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It certainly made me cry. He was in heaven.
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