This column serves as a spotlight, highlighting the everyday people who live or work in Callaway County. The Fulton Sun takes a moment with someone who is not usually featured in the news.
Kim and Beau Kirkpatrick, along with 1-year old son Edley Kirkpatrick IV, came into Fulton on Friday to run errands and enjoy lunch. The couple have been together for six years and also have a daughter, Adaleigh. Beau Kirkpatrick, originally from St. Louis, works at the Fulton State Hospital. Kim Kirkpatrick is from Wellsville, Missouri, where the family currently lives.
What was your first job?
"I worked at the Dairy Queen in Mexico," Kim Kirkpatrick said. "I got free ice cream."
"I was a carpet-installer," Beau Kirkpatrick said. "It was pretty good."
Now, Beau Kirkpatrick works at the Fulton State Hospital and Kim Kirkpatrick works Porta-King, a portable building business.
Who inspires you most?
"I would say this little one right here," Kim Kirkpatrick said, gesturing at Edley. "He'll be one in 12 days. I just know that he needs a good life, and so I know that I need to work my best and do what I can to give him everything that he needs."
"That's tough," Beau Kirkpatrick said. "I guess the only logical answer is my mom. Or (St. Louis Cardinals first baseman) Paul Goldschmidt. But about my mom, her rough upbringing, helping us get to where we are now, inspires me to do better."
What in your life has been the most fulfilling?
"Watching our kids grow up," Beau Kirkpatrick said. "We have a 10-year-old daughter."
"I would say family," Kim Kirkpatrick said.
What is something you're proud of?
"Getting our new home," Beau Kirkpatrick said.
In April, the family moved to a new house in Wellsville.
"We actually had a home built," Kim Kirkpatrick said.
If you could do any job in the world, what would if be?
"Author," Kim Kirkpatrick said. "I love writing."
She said she would write a mystery book if she could.
"I'd have to go with offensive coordinator," Beau Kirkpatrick said. "If we're talking about dream jobs."
What about a job you don't want to do?
"Garbage picker-upper," Beau Kirkpatrick said.
He also mentioned sewers as a job he isn't interested in.
"Accountant," Kim Kirkpatrick said. "I hate math."^
What is your favorite thing about Callaway County?
"My job," Beau Kirkpatrick said.
"I think all the history," Kim Kirkpatrick said.
"She likes the brick roads," Beau Kirkpatrick added.