Not only have they been together since they were 16 years old, something which as a twice divorced person I have huge admiration for, but they have also dealt with some tricky circumstances.
My Dad was diagnosed with a serious illness when we were kids, and was given a limited life expectancy. They did a wonderful job of protecting us from the scary stuff when we were young. But more than that, my Dad stuck two fingers up at his illness and is still going strong today. They have had to make lifestyle adjustments to accommodate certain issues his health throws up, but mostly they have positively embraced life. Sometimes being told you might not have the time you expect means are forced to find a balance between planning for the future and making sure you enjoy the present. Their positive attitude and approach to life continues to be an inspiration to never dwell too long on the bad and to focus on the good, life's too short and all that.
My Mum gave up a good career to be at home for us, before returning to start again from scratch at 40, and rose quickly through the ranks to become a trusted and senior member of her team. Her ability to do this is something I hugely admire in her, and the thing that gives me hope that I haven't left it too late. It also meant that I saw her not just as Mum, but as a clever, skilled woman in her own right.
My Dad used to hate his job, but then had the epiphany that you get out what you put in, and started to focus on the positive and actually ended up liking it. It is all in the attitude!
They gave me my love of music, even if it may have caused them exasperation in the long run when I did that instead of getting a proper career- having said that, they could often be found at my gigs, with my Dad regularly giving the sound man tips!
They have been fabulous, supportive parents in good times and bad, and they are both inspirational in their own way,
Thanks for everything folks,