An Open Letter to Mandy Moore

me with ian and mandy moore

Dear Miss Moore,

I’m writing to thank you for a kind thing you did at the Dawes concert at the Orpheum last week.

My son and I were there to see the show, and you let us take a picture with you out on the street. It was a double win for us. We have listened to Dawes for almost 10 years now, and “This Is Us” has become special viewing for our whole family.

What you didn’t know is that we had just come from his grandmother’s (my mother-in-law’s) funeral that afternoon. I was the minister leading the memorial, and my son spoke at the service, too. It was a very tough day.

We were emotionally exhausted that evening and thought about selling our tickets, but we had been looking forward to the concert for so long and decided to go for it.

Then we saw you and did something we wouldn’t normally do—we asked for a picture.

You were gracious, and the picture was a fun memory of a great night. We’ll be seeing Dawes in Philadelphia next week, too, near where my son goes to college.

So, thank you very much. You helped a dad do something special for his son at a very hard time. I wish you all the best.


John A. D’Elia



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