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Grandma's Reaction is Truly Heartwarming After Seeing Concert Tickets in Easter Basket


The staff of The Western Journal is working a reduced schedule over Easter weekend to allow our employees the opportunity for rest and worship with their families if they so choose. We are re-publishing this article as a service to our readers, who reacted strongly to it when it first ran.

There is nothing quite like being surprised with tickets to go see a show or concert that you’ve been dreaming of attending.

I will never forget my mother surprising me on my 13th birthday with tickets to watch the musical “Wicked.”

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But one grandmother received surprise concert tickets in her Easter basket, and it was all she had ever wanted and more.

Bette Maloney loves Justin Timberlake. Her granddaughter, Sarah Watson, told Fox 35 that every time she has to fix her grandmother’s iPad, it’s because she has too many windows open showing Justin Timberlake.

Watson knew exactly what to stick in her grandmother’s Easter basket this year: Justin Timberlake concert tickets for his upcoming show in Orlando, Florida.

After dinner, Maloney was instructed to open the big egg in the basket first. She did and was confused because she was looking at the back of the ticket.

Turning it around, she saw that it read “Justin Timberlake” and her reaction says it all.

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Looking at the ticket with her mouth wide open, she asks, “Is this for real?!”

After being reassured that it was, tears come to Maloney’s eyes. “Oh God, Justin Timberlake,” she says in disbelief.

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“I’ve been trying to figure out how to save money to go. I won the lotto the other night and got $65.”

The rest of her family also had tickets to the show and they all get to go together.

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Maloney watched Timberlake on Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon, and even though she doesn’t like much of the music today, she is still a fan of JT.

“I think he’s a very, very nice young man and he’s so talent(ed). He writes, sings, dances, acts, performs,” she said. “And he’s married and has a baby. He seems to be pretty settled.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English, French
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Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith