Good point. I thought about it a bit more. At 8 or 9 a kid could totally misinterpret the situation.
I wonder where were the parents. I talk about these things with my kids, who are 8 and 10. We've attended various events with their "idols" and I always make sure they understand that their "idol" is unlikely to notice them or give them any individual attention. This way they are not disappointed, and if there's any personal interaction, then it is a pleasant surprise.
On the other hand, if I was there with my 8 year old, and SW was standing "doing nothing", I would've helped my kid to communicate. "Hello there, this is my 8 year old, she is a fan, she has a question, do you have a minute?" And if, for example, I got a clear vibe from her that it wasn't a good time, I would've provided my kid with an explanation so that my kid isn't bitter for years.
I'd also make sure that my kid had specific questions or comments, as not to waste SW's time.
OP, where were your parents? What's their take on the situation?
Okay, I just thought about it, and I must have been 10 or 11. My stepdad was right next to me and was the one to ask for a picture. He isn't quite the guy to help me in any situation since we aren't ever really on the same page, even was I was younger. And as for his take on the situation, I've had years and years of practice of keeping my disapointments and sadness on the inside so I'm sure he never has known.
And for the other posts, he bought the stuff for me. I did have my own spending money with me, and this was an exception as he knew how much of an idol she was to me. (If I remember right, I had to pull out the puppy dog eyes for him to give in)
Also, I was the person to email the support email for her products, and at that age I was mature, and I was capable of writing a business email. (Of course my parents gave it a once over and said okay) but it wasn't like I sent some kind of immature, poorly grammatic email.
And on a bright note, the ball I bought I did have the chance to use it, since my horse likes to kick balls when I ride him so we probably did that once. I followed all the directions of keeping it out of the sun for extended periods of time, and it still managed to continously deflate after reinflating it multiple times. My last memory of is was doing yoga with it, and working on my balance.
But like I said in an above reply, I actually grabbed a exercise ball from our dumpster that lasted longer than the $40 ball. The exercise ball was chewed on for a couple days and thrown around til it popped, but I am glad I atleast got use from it