Ava's dad, a mortgage banker, is a big fan of Swift's, too, and he was on a mission April 25 to make their visit to her concert at The Q into a magical evening.
He'd once dressed in drag for a contest where dads had to dress up like Taylor Swift to win backstage passes at a concert. No luck. They once waited 14 hours at the Ritz when she was in town. Still nothing.
"I said, 'You go right over there and say hi to her and see if you can get a picture with her," he said. And after some prodding, she did and she got the picture and impressed Swift's mom.
"She said, 'Your daughter is just so beautiful,' " he said.
During the concert, Dad hatched another plot. "I know during the song '22,' she goes to a back stage." So he and Ava made a break for that area.
"We were in a sea of people and then Taylor's mom just appears and looks at my daughter and says to come here," he said.
Ava got to sit close to the stage where the sound boards are, singing along to every word. Dad and daughter hugged Swift's mom and prepared to go back to their seats, but the magic wasn't over yet.
"She said, 'I want your daughter to meet my daughter,' " Rob Hixenbaugh said.
Post-concert, they were invited backstage, where Dad captured their meeting -- and all three of their hugs -- on tape.
"Did you make friends with my mom?" the pop star asked. "I saw you over there at the mixer, the sound board. And you were just singing along and you were totally adorable. I'm so glad I get to meet you."
She signed a shirt "I love you Ava" and said, "Tell all your friends hi and thank you for me, OK?"
The videotape Rob Hixenbaugh made was posted by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and Ava's piece of it made it onto Fox 's morning show, too.
The video is titled the "Perfect Night."
"It's just unbelievable," Rob said.
Ava, who makes music videos singing Taylor Swift songs with her friends, was still in La La Land days later: "My friends just thought I was so lucky and they said they wished they could be me for just that one day."
Did it surprise her that Swift was so nice?
"The only thing that surprised me is that she was much taller than I thought," said the fifth-grader. "It didn't surprise me that she was nice. I knew she'd be nice."
Source - Cleveland