On August 1, 2019, Chris Labelle made a radio tour stop at Anderson Craft Ales in London, ON. I had never been there before and I was hesitant to go since I wasn't sure it was accessible. So, Lynzee from Pure Country 93 and I emailed them right away and they got a ramp which was super exciting and so appreciated!!! Now I know I can go another time down the road!
I haven't seen Chris in over a year, but this is usually how he reacts, followed by a big hug (or four).
So I was really glad that we were able to see each other. :) Without Chris, there would be no blog. He pushed me to start this and then pushed to be my first interview under my own name, which is something I will never forget. It's hard to wrap my head around it. I used to ask our friend Dan, "Is Chris really like that or is he putting on a show?" He'd be like, "No, Chris really likes you."
Earlier this year, we lost Dan. I don't know why it has hit me so hard. I think because after Chris, Dan was a close second, or maybe even a tie when it came to pushing me to do things (or the number of hugs I would get during a visit haha). If you have a friend like that, you should probably thank them. You don't know how lucky you are.
So... I am trying not to cry here... this was the first time I had seen Chris since Dan died and although Chris hadn't been with River Town Saints in some time. I was half expecting that Dan would get out of the car and be like, "SURPRISE". As we know, that didn't happen. But I do think he was around that day. Somewhere. I gave Chris the last picture that we took with Dan and he said it was the best gift he could ask for. That was hard.
On a lighter note, I had a really fun day and seeing Chris have a really fun day and to see him doing so well on his new adventure is probably one of the best gifts I could ask for as well.