Very Special Day
Today is a very special day, my parents are celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary! They are truly the most amazing couple. They have given me so much over the years, I can’t even begin to express my gratitude and love for them.
My mom was raised in Billings, Montana; and my dad was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. They met at Idaho State University when they were cast as the leads in the musical “Little Mary Sunshine”. My mom said it was love at first site when she saw my father and 6 months later they eloped in Las Vegas!
The one thing my parents have always shared is their love of music. “Music is the universal language and love is the key”. We grew up listening to James Taylor, The Beatles, The Eagles, etc. on all of our road trips (which we nicknamed “Chuck Trips” since we jokingly call my father Chuck even though his name is Kraig). We spent so many evenings singing around the piano, songs from Broadway musicals, Christmas carols, Patriotic songs, you name it. My dad plays the piano by ear–he’s so talented, and many nights we would just shout out songs we wanted to sing from our favorite modern day radio songs to songs he and my older brother had written together.
When I was about 9 years old, my mom convinced my dad to organize a singing group with my brothers and I and about 30 kids from Pocatello. We named it “K.C. & the Sunshine Kids”. We danced and sang our way through the state, and even performed at 2 World’s Fairs representing Idaho. My mom is the most enthusiastic, encouraging, positive woman I know.
My mom and dad support me unconditionally and have been there for me whenever I need them. I try to bring their values in to my marriage and admire their devotion to each other and their children and grandchildren. I wanted to give a shout out to them today and say “Happy Anniversary mom and dad, you mean the world to me”. Thank you for setting such an amazing example for all of us children. Love you infinitely.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!