“Excuse me but aren’t you the band Hanson?”
“Yeah we are, I’m Taylor nice to meet you.” I extended my hand to the tall blonde haired girl that had asked the question.
“I’m Amanda,” she said. “I’m a huge fan of yours!”
“Thanks,” Isaac gushed. “We’re glad you like the music.”
“It’s amazing!” She said. “I saw you guys so many times in the past few years. I’ve been a fan since 1997!”
“Very cool,” Zac said. He weaved back and forth in front of Amanda and us on his rollerblades as we skated down the boardwalk.
“I can’t believe I’m blading with my old teen idols!” Amanda blurted out.
“Old?” I questioned. “I’m not that old am I?”
“I’m almost 30!” Isaac exclaimed clasping his hand to his heart. “I’m going to have a heart attack!”
“Not funny,” I said bluntly. “Not funny at all.” I skated ahead of him and Amanda. Ike raced to catch up.
“Taylor I’m so sorry,” He apologized. “I didn’t mean to insult you. I forgot, I really did! No joke!”
“I forgive you,” I gave in. I didn’t want any fighting, I couldn’t take it. I slowed my pace and so did my older brother so we could once again talk with our fan.
“What are you guys doing in Vegas?” Amanda asked. “Are you doing a show?”
“Actually, this is my bachelor party,” Zac beamed. “I’m getting married soon and this is going to be our last time out with me as a single man!”
“Congratulations, Zac!” She said. “I’m so happy for you!”
“So am I,” I said. “He finally found someone that could put up with him.”
Isaac started laughing and Zac narrowed his eyes at me. “You’re mean.”
“Taylor, this is going to sound so mean but I cried when I heard you were getting married,” our fan admitted. “I was young back then and naive. I saw your wedding picture on ET and you and your wife looked so beautiful together.”
“Thank you,” I said, accepting the compliment.
“I saw a small documentary on ET a few months ago about your family,” she went on. “Your kids are so adorable! How old are they now?”
“Zoë is 5, Anya is about 10 months, and we’re having another baby in a few months. Clare is due in January.”
“Wow! That is so exciting! Congratulations to you and your wife!”
“What about you, Isaac? If you don’t mind me asking of course... I haven’t heard anything about your wife since you were married a few years ago.”
“Andy’s great,” Isaac said. He cleared his throat. I knew my brother wouldn’t go into his problems they were experiencing with having children to a perfect stranger but I was interested in what he was about to say. “We have two twin boys who are 8 and they have a sister who is 6.”
“Speaking of family, Taylor, what do you think you’re going to father next? A boy, a girl, or a rabbit?”
“Shut up, Isaac!” I laughed. “We’re not rabbits anymore than you and Andy are, or even Mom and Dad for that matter!”
“Well answer the question,” Ike pushed. “What are you hoping for?”
“Well,” I started, “Either would be wonderful but you know what? I’m a kind of father who daughters’ have wrapped around their little fingers. Don’t get me wrong I mean I’d love to have a boy, but I’m used to having girls and I hope to have another girl.”
“You must be amazing parents,” Amanda said to me and Isaac. “Taylor, the way that documentary was shot I would give anything to have been born with you as my dad.”
“I don’t know what to say to that...” I admitted. “I’m doing the best I know how.”
“I better go now,” Amanda said. “It was so great to talk with you! I can’t wait to see you in concert again.”
“Hopefully we’ll be doing another tour in a few months,” Isaac told her. “We’ll make sure to book a date here in Vegas.”
“Promise?” She asked with a smile.
Isaac looked at Zac and I. “We promise.”