Listener Request - January 22, 2011
Hi Mr. Kingsley,
I got married right out of high school and divorced ten years later, becoming a single mother of two little boys, ages 3 and 5. At the time, my oldest tried so hard to be the “man of the house”, but at his age, that was too big a job.
So, Travis decided at least he could be “tough” and do everything on his own. He looked after his little brother and he taught himself a lot, including how to ride a two-wheel bike. When he would fall, he would get up and try again, refusing any help from me. He was gonna do it by himself! No training wheels.
Anyway, long story short, Travis grew up to be a wonderful man in spite of all the trials and troubles of his childhood. In 2002, he became a parent himself for the first time and this year, he became a dad again. He has two wonderful little girls.
Would you please play one of my favorites, “Tough Little Boys” by Gary Allan? Both my little boys have grown up to be wonderful men, and I am so very proud of them.
During my first day of college, I had no idea who I was supposed to be. All I knew was, it was the first day of the rest of my life. I ended up having a few classes with a former classmate from high school who would soon become my best friend.
Kaley introduced me to country music, mostly to the music of Taylor Swift. Falling in love with all of Taylor’s music had us dancing and singing along, whether in the car, walking to classes together, even in her hospital room when she underwent chemotherapy for her Leukemia. The music gave Kaley a release where she could forget about her illness and just sing along to the everyday struggles young girls can relate to.
In the spring of last year, our junior year of college, Kaley passed away. We’d planned on going to the Taylor Swift “Fearless” concert in Los Angeles just weeks later. A bittersweet moment was deciding to donate those tickets to cancer research, knowing the concert would not be the same without my best friend.
I was hoping you would play Taylor’s song, “Fifteen”, as it reminds me of how our friendship started out and how it ended in inspiration for a cancer-free world. I take a lot of pride in my volunteer work, so no one else will have to lose their greatest inspiration, like I have.