Editor’s Note: More than 137 years ago, my great grandparents Amand and Estelle Fey received “The Stages of Love” as a wedding present. That sweet series of five painted postcards hung in their house for 68 years, until Estelle died at 87 and Amand followed two weeks later. He was 90.
My mom loved the artwork as a child and brought it home with her after her grandpa’s funeral. She has hung it on the wall of every house she has lived in ever since. In fact, it’s hanging there now.
I saw it as I visited recently, and I thought it would make a perfect series for this blog.
So, for the next five posts, I’m going to write about C. Clyde Squires’ five stages of love. They are: Mother Love, Puppy Love, Accepted Love, Binding Love and Undying Love. On Monday I covered Mother Love. Today, I’m writing about the everlasting magic of Puppy Love.
Though they fell in love as children — Von Trapp children to be exact — Mike and Anna Peck knew right away that they’d be each other’s favorite things for the rest of their lives.
They added a third favorite thing two and a half years ago, with the birth of their precocious daughter Cordelia, and a fourth favorite thing last week, with the addition of brand new baby June.
These days life is very busy for the Peck family, and every bit as sweet as those first few days on the Appleton North stage back in 2002.
Just a freshman then, Mike, possibly taking a cue from his character Kurt, who said “Only grown-up men are scared of women” asked Anna, who played Brigitta, out on a date.
“After the show was over, Mike asked me to be his girlfriend,” Anna said. “I just did the math. We will be celebrating our 18-year dating anniversary in March. We still celebrate every year.”
Following that freshman year debut, both Mike and Anna enjoyed award-winning high school theatre careers. In fact, if you saw a play at Appleton North between fall of 2001 and spring of 2005, you probably saw one of both of them in a starring role.
Today their roles are just as impressive as they build their careers and family together.
“Because we started our relationship so young, we’ve had to grow together,” Anna said. “We’ve been through so many of life’s changes.”
Most mornings, Mike makes the family breakfast “peanut butter waffles or oatmeal” and takes Cordelia to daycare. Though she’s currently on maternity leave, Anna normally leaves then to go to her job as an elementary school music teacher. At the end of the day, she picks Cordelia up from daycare and makes dinner.
“We do a bedtime routine of bath, sing songs and read books each night,” Anna said. “Mike gets home from work around 9 and the plan is that Cordelia is already asleep. Sometimes she’s not and she gets extra snuggles from daddy before bed.”
Cordelia, named after a character in her mother’s favorite book Anne of Green Gables, already has proven to be an excellent big sister to June.
Favorite family activities include going on hikes, playing at the park, playing board games, singing songs, reading books and playing hide and seek.
Like her mother, and her grandmother, Cordelia has a beautiful singing voice, which she currently uses to amuse her little sister.
I may be slightly biased because I am also friends with both mother in-laws, but I think the Peck family is one of the sweetest around. I think you’ll also give them rave reviews.
Congratulations to Mike and Anna on your latest production and thanks for sharing all that joy.