When my father announced he was marrying Terry, I wasn’t surprised but I was a little worried. I didn’t know her very well, but what I did know is she is a strong willed woman with conservative values. She is a devout Catholic, a Republican and Daughter of the American Revolution (her Christmas card one year included a picture of her meeting President George W Bush and First Lady Laura Bush!!), and has served in the United States Air Force, as a police officer, a firefighter and most recently for the United States government. From the outside it appeared her morals were black or white, either you could or you couldn’t. My world is all shades of grey and I worried that I would not be accepted because of what I do.
I shouldn’t have been.
She and her family embraced me as a daughter and family. Terry made it clear early on that she and my dad now had four kids, all of whom would be treated equally.
But that didn’t mean we spoke at length about what I do. And perhaps that was because of me. I was guarded and lived the mantra, “If not asked, don’t tell.”
One night, about a year and a half after my dad and Terry had been married, she asked. Don and I were visiting her and my father for their birthdays (his 60th), and we were sitting around chatting and Terry asked me to talk to her about my mediumship. Always a difficult topic because so much of it is something that can’t be put in words, but is what is felt. I did my best at explaining mediumship is not just a parlor trick, but a religion and a way of life. She got it.
Since then, she and my father (because of her) have been some of my biggest supporters. When I’m on the radio, they listen – which is a big deal because that means they have to figure out the computer! They (really Terry who passes it along to my dad) read my blogs and follow me on Facebook. And, this winter I’ll be expanding my reach into Florida… which they are supporting me all the way. I am grateful.
Terry, if you are reading this (and I’m sure you are)… Thank You!!