Chapter 33: MSP takes Over at the Border of Crazy

What up Freaks of Nurture? Finally, I can write my own blog!

I’m MSP, Cherry Maggiore’s daughter and I am 10 years old.  I love Goth, Dark Unicorns, Greek Mythology, and Math is my favorite subject at school. I’m so happy to share that I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do a few weeks ago! I love this martial art because it makes me feel safe to know that I can fight and be strong.

But lately, I’ve been struggling with my worries and anxieties. I don’t usually feel that way with my Mom except on Friday when she took me to my first concert ever. As part of my Christmas gift, my Mom took me to see Billy Joel.

Pizza, my Mom’s new boyfriend (that’s his nickname obvi!), came to Brooklyn to surprise us, and then he drove us to Madison Square Garden in New York.

When I first saw the building, it was big and beautiful. My Mom and I checked in with the security guard to make sure she didn’t take Pizza with her cause he didn’t have a ticket (LOL!).

My Mom said she was starving. I was thinking, “shut up and get some food,” so she got a turkey burger with some cheddar chips; sorry correction organic cheddar chips. We went to the Ladies room before heading to our seats.  Maybe you don’t need to know that, but it’s my blog, and I have total freedom of what to write!

Once we sat down, I was feeling a little worried.  I was trying hard to calm myself down by focusing on Billy Joel. It worked until my Mom was stood up because somebody was moving into our row. She saw that the show was about to start so she sat up on her seat. The woman behind her, who she didn’t even know, put her hands on my Mom’s shoulders and told her to sit down. I freaked out!! That’s what got me even more anxious and worried. How could a perfect stranger touch my Mom!

After an hour and a half of songs, I wanted to leave. We were sooooo disappointed.

On the ride home, we had a conversation about why I got this way. I told my Mom that one part of it was when I started to think about the choice I have to make for middle school and my dad. Secondly, we were in New York with a lot of people, so I got overwhelmed.

We took an Uber home and talked all the way. I felt so relieved to have shared how I felt.

When we got home, my Mom found a bouquet of roses, a handwritten letter, and a wooden statue of a couple hugging from Pizza.  Then when I went into my room, I found a handwritten note a wooden angel and my favorite flowers, sunflowers, from Pizza. I felt so special and appreciated and that Pizza makes everything better.

We thanked him and went to bed. I was so tired, and I slept soundly feeling safe with my Mom and Pizza there to support me.

What I learned from this experience is that when things bring you down, you gotta get back up; but sometimes you need a little help. That’s ok, you just need to let it out to someone you trust, not just anyone.

My advice to the moms and dads out there that have kids with anxiety is to be peaceful.  For people like me who have anxiety, my advice is to be silent and try to erase those thoughts. Put some relaxing music on and just breathe. My Mom also introduced me to Tapping with Brad Yates on YouTube. These videos help me focus and feel calmer.

After all this catastrophe with Middle Schools, I would love to try and see Billy Joel again without anxiety or worries. Or maybe, my Mom and Pizza will take me to see Imagine Dragons. They are my favorite band ever!!!

Thank you, guys, for listening to my story. Before I go, I thought I would share the playlist of the Billy Joel Concert (at least the part that I saw) so you can download it and enjoy one of my favorite artists.

  1. We Didn’t Start the Fire
  2. It’s My Life
  3. Movin’ Out
  4. Don’t Go Changing
  5. Don’t Ask Me Why
  6. For the Longest Time
  7. Baby Grand (he sang this with his daughter Alexa)
  8. The Entertainer
  9. Modern Woman
  10. She’s Got a Way
  11. Allentown
  12. Vienna
  13. Say Good-bye to Hollywood
  14. New York State of Mind

Peace Out!


Cherry Maggiore is the proud single mom of her 10-year-old super-sassy daughter (aka Miss Sassy Pants or MSP) and 15-year-old pug baby (Tiki Barber); in addition to being an award-winning senior marketing executive at NBCUniversal.

Beside her side hustle as the Freak of Nurture, she also started a home design company after being inspired by renovating and designing her 1880’s home in NJ.

This insanely curious and passionate “multi-potentialite” can be found dancing the Argentinan tango, swing and Hustle every Saturday, cooking her family an Italian Sunday dinner, singing and air drumming at concerts or searching for her next adventure.

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