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KIDSCORNER: Madi Rose Taff
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As a kid, I remember going to Gaither concerts and feeling so cool because I got to hang out with all the artists. After the hugs and hellos, I would sit down and watch everyone sing. They looked like superstars up on stage; it was always so exciting to watch. At some point in the evening, I would end up backstage with all of the other Homecoming kids. There’ was so much fun to be had in the backstage of an arena, especially when there were so many of us! After running all over and playing every game imaginable, we’d all go back to one of the artists’ tour buses to watch movies and eat snacks until our parents came to take us home.

The Gaither cruises also bring back great memories. In no other situation could a bunch of kids get the run of a cruise ship. One of my favorite memories is from a cruise to Alaska when the artists took over the disco at the top of the ship. All the families came up and we had so much fun dancing together and being goofy. Every now and then, we’d all get together in somebody’s room and play a game called “Mafia.” It was always funny watching the kids beat the adults!

“Growing up Gaither” has been nothing but good. It has always been such a loving, inspiring environment, and it has given me lifelong friends. Even though we’re spread out all over the country, we still stay in touch. It’s a really cool thing. I’m graduating from high school next week and getting ready to go to college, so even though I’m technically no longer a kid, I am always going to be part of the Gaither family. Once a Homecoming kid, always a Homecoming kid!