Photo via: Michelle Obama
Little Parker Curry has had quite a year. First, she won the internet’s heart when Ben Hines captured a photo of her staring in awe of Michelle Obama’s official portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. Then she met the Forever First Lady herself and later melted our hearts once more when she dressed like the first African American First Lady of the United States for Halloween. Now, Parker has had a sweet reunion with Mrs. Obama at her “Becoming” book tour stop in D.C. Here’s an excerpt from Parker’s mom Jessica Curry’s blog post about their priceless experience at the event.
“Before the show began, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with the woman of the night herself. Parker waited patiently until the fabulous First Lady walked into the reception, and she was overjoyed when she saw her! They were both excited to see each other, and I just looked on, teary-eyed, watching Mrs. Obama hold Parker on her hip as she did in March when they first met.
‘Is this real life?!’ I wondered quietly.
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There is something very magical and moving about seeing the two of them interact in person. I feel incredibly special to witness the connection and bond they share. Mrs. Obama eventually told Parker that she had to speak with other family and friends in the room. Parker understood and poignantly said, ‘Okay, I’m going to go with you,’ and that’s exactly what she did. As Mrs. Obama made her way around the room, Parker stood by her side, held her hand, and greeted others who had come to the book tour conversation. I insisted that Mrs. Obama did not have to take Parker with her but, of course, she smiled warmly and said it was fine. Just like all Mamas do, she had her conversations and greeted others with a smiling, wiggly toddler holding and pulling her hand. Unbelievable. Mrs. Obama is truly one-of-a-kind.
Watching their interactions was magical, but when Parker shared her great news regarding her recent deal with a major publishing house, I nearly melted. ‘We’re both authors now, Parker!’ Michelle exclaimed, excited for our newest venture and happily sharing her support.
As we took our seats, I looked around and immediately felt humbled to be in the presence of so much intelligence, grace, humility, and honor. ‘It’s our stories, not our stats, that matter. Kids only dream what they can see,’ Mrs. Obama shared, a quote I will remember forever.”
Parker, who believes (rightfully so) that Michelle Obama is a queen, was also featured in a pre-show montage where she said “I am becoming a Queen.”
You sure are Parker! We’ll never get tired of seeing our Forever First Lady connect and build unforgettable bonds with future leaders like Parker.