I have been impressed with Shawn Johnson every time that I see or hear her. I think what I like most about her is that she is really a happy kid. She has a gentle charm about her whether she wins or loses.
Tonight we took the boys to see her “Welcome Home” celebration at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. They expected 4,000 people and over 6,000 showed up. It was a fun show. OK, most of it was fun. E did not care for the opening band at all (too loud.) It was too loud for me and I don’t have sensory issues.
She shared some funny stories. Apparently the pilot of her plane to NY (she was on Letterman), was so excited that she was on his flight, that he ended up hitting his head. He had to be taken to the hospital for stitches.
She let all the little girls that asked her questions touch her medals. She also shot out 20 autographed t-shirts. N almost caught one, but it was grabbed out of his hands.
My favorite moment was when one of the kids asked her advice, and Shawn’s answer, “No matter what you do, make sure you are having fun.” That is why I like Shawn. Win or lose, Shawn is ALWAYS having fun.