A group of us got together on Saturday to celebrate our friend Jaimie’s birthday and decided to start with dinner at Gordon Biersch – not least because they were okay with us bringing in an ice cream cake.
They’ve also got an open-door policy on celebrity as well, it seems. After the fourth or fifth pair of young girls walked up to a neighboring table we figured out that Kelly Clarkson was dining there with a few friends.
As it turned out, Clarkson was on her way out the door just after our waiter brought out Jaimie’s cake. As she walked by one of us said “Hey Kelly, want to help us sing happy birthday?” She said “sure!” and asked whose birthday it was. Then she started singing, though she stopped after the first line to say one thing.
“The rest of you can join in anytime.”
So sue us – we were a little gobsmacked by the moment. We recovered and finished up our collaborative piece with the grammy winner.
It was a nice and genuinely warm moment from someone who could have just as politely said “can’t – gotta go!” and kept on moving. Kudos, Kelly Clarkson, for being nice to random strangers.