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Happy Anniversary to the Sweet and Sassy Couple of the Month – and my life….To Ginger & Ed!

Posted on July 6, 2007 in the Real Beauty category

Cheers Folks – it’s my parent’s 44th Anniversary today and I think that deserves a post, a drink, a toast and a pizza (that’s my favorite food).

I’ve written about my mumsy and pops before but not together as a super couple – like Luke & Laura, Bo & Hope, Roman & Marlena, Trixie and Dixie, Beanie & Cecil, and Rum & Coke.

What can I say? I love my parents – they are cool. They raised 3 crazy kids (though I’m the favorite – hey, it’s my blog), had 2 careers and always had time to take us to the most fabulous museums and road trips every summer. My favorite vacation was a exclusive tour of the Olympia Brewery when I was about 4. So I was exposed to culture at an early age. That’s why I’m so sophisticated. My parents took us to educational places – that’s why I love to learn. That and they were both fabulous teachers. So much so that I asked every summer if I could go to summer school with my dad – my mom said no – I had to have more fun – isn’t that great? Well, I was a bookworm so it was helpful.

I couldn’t ask for better parents. I am quite attached – thank goodness I met my husband, or they would have been stuck with me for good. And I would have been fine with that. But I know that would have cramped their fun and parties. My parents are cool – they took in punk rock bands, turtles, random friends of all of us – and embraced them all with acceptance and good hospitality. We had Corrosion of Conformity staying at our house – there were so many of them, I tripped over them getting ready for school one morning. Then Husker Du came over to play basketball at our house. My mom always had a smile and a pat on the back for every person to come through the door.

I can’t claim an unreasonable attachment to Ginger & Ed – everyone loves them. They are a hoot and always ready for new adventures – except my mom draws the line at wearing a hoop skirt at my dad’s civil war reinactments. All my friends love them – and my colleagues, too. I always try to bring my parents to whatever job I have and they always make a grand impression. I was working at an agency and my parents came in one time – my mom made friends with the secretary, whom she still emails after 11 years and my dad struck up a few conversations with the guys – in about 20 minutes.

Their secret? They are interested in other people – they are good listeners, good guests, SO generous and just plain funny. But my mom doesn’t always get jokes – she was a second grade teacher for about 30 years. So when my dad and I are laughing about The Far Side, she looks at it and then asks – “I don’t get it. The pilot is rocking the plane back and forth on purpose and then telling everyone they are going to hit more turbulence? That’s not funny.” And after she says that – it isn’t funny anymore (except for Far Side).

I’ve come up with the crazy ideas over the years, and they’ve been pretty supportive – the 82 times I moved, the 65 jobs I had, my colored career path (from cookie cart girl, yogurt queen, Catholic camp counselor, bartender, Weight Watchers Leader, media mogul (magazines, newspapers, agencies, etc) – they’ve gone with the flow.

I know daughters turn into their mothers (I’ll write more about that in October) but I think I’m turning into both my parents. I can’t be more happy. But I’ll draw the line at stowing a cannon in my garage and visiting all the Civil War battlegrounds (maybe) and having a sweatshirt to commemorate every holiday including Groundhog Day, Boxing Day and Arbor Day.l

I can go on and on but I’ll wrap it up by saying – Happy Anniversary – I did a great job with you. You’ve turned into the kind of parents and kid can take home to their parents.

The Favorite.


10 Responses to “Happy Anniversary to the Sweet and Sassy Couple of the Month – and my life….To Ginger & Ed!”

  1. Jenny on July 6th, 2007 11:30 am

    What a wonderful tribute to two wonderful people! Still crazy after all these years! Cheers to you Ginger and Ed! Here’s to another 44!! Jenny

  2. Carol Powers on July 6th, 2007 2:23 pm

    Happy Anniversary to My Bro and wiff! Kristin,you did a bang up job.

  3. mary toth on July 6th, 2007 3:10 pm

    Yes the are the best!! But they never stay home so we never get to tell them. Besides being the best they are lots of fun too.

  4. Ginger Nystrom on July 6th, 2007 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the great compliments. Can’t remember some of those nice things we did but will accept your appreciation.

    Sweet and Sassy is a great girl with an A+ husband and we are very lucky to have you as family.

    We love you.

    Mom and Dad

  5. Toni and Bob on July 6th, 2007 5:49 pm

    We agree !! You did a good job raising them. We have tried to contribute to their “upraising”, but you did the best job ! Did Eddie and Andy help at all while growing up ??? Well, you all made them the super couple they are today !!! We salute them—and you for your great words !
    A. Toni and U. Bob

  6. Eddie on July 6th, 2007 6:14 pm

    You are not the favorite.

  7. Toni and Bob on July 6th, 2007 6:28 pm

    Eddie: Who is the favorite ? and does the “favorite” change periodically ?
    Can a sister become the “favorite”?????

  8. andy/carrie on July 6th, 2007 9:10 pm

    Yes, Yes … you forgot Honor Role. Happy Anniversary!

  9. Eddie on July 10th, 2007 2:12 pm

    the sister cannot be the favorite – although she can think that to make her feel better…

  10. Ginger Nystrom on July 16th, 2007 12:15 am

    Now children, stop that fighting. You are all the favorites.

    We are lucky to have such fine, young adults in our lives.

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