I don't even know where to start…
So I'll start at the beginning. A couple of months ago Alecia Derrickson posted on FB that Teresa Caputo was coming to Nutter Center in Dayton. (Alecia's son Bradley was a friend of Nick's in middle school. Bradley was struck by lightening the day after his birthday and died four days later. The 20 year anniversary was yesterday-I was really hoping she would get a reading too!)
Donny and I have been watching her show - The Long Island Medium for a couple of years, and I really wanted to go. So I joined her fan club so I could get tickets before they went on sale to the general public - ended up getting pretty good seats. They weren't on the floor, but the first row off the floor - right on the aisle. GREAT seats actually.
After about a 20 minute intro, she came into the audience and started doing readings. She asked "who lost a child in a car accident and has a piece of the car?" A family to our left and up several rows came down and were standing to our left on the steps. She came our way and stood right in front of me and Jennifer!
After she talked to that family, she said "who has a thumbprint necklace?" I was close enough that I didn't need to get her attention - I just said "I do".
I don't actually remember the sequence of the questions she asked (thank God my sister in law and brother in law were there - when we met up with them afterward, Jan filled me in on what I missed!)
She said something about the military, and my friend Jennifer kind of whispered to me "that could be Larry" (her brother who passed away)…but she didn't want to speak up.
Teresa said something about "a mother who passed?
I can' t remember how or why I told her my grandson and brother passed also -
She said "what does the #5 mean to you? Or the month of May (5th month)
…I've been to a medium several times. Every time I go it's for 1/2 hour. He'll say a lot of things or ask questions that I just can't figure out what he's talking about - until I get home and listen to the CD. Then Donny is listening and says "this is what he's talking about!" Sometimes you just can't think as fast as they ask questions.
Like the #5. Melissa's birthday is the 5th of January. But all I could think of was my mom's birthday is in May. Ok. It's your mom…but she could tell that it wasn't my mom that I wanted to come through…she even said that. She goes "sometimes the ones you want to come through don't come through."
Then she said "I'm feeling like there was something with the chest - like fluid" ( When Melissa was in the hospital she had fluid around her lungs because of the cancer in her lungs)…then I told her "that's my daughter"… and she said "you lost your Mother, your daughter, your brother and your grandson?"
Yes. She said "your mom is taking care of all of them."
She also said "you have something of hers…a purse, a backpack, something like that, it still has everything in it…" I have the fanny pack that she used when we did the 3 day walk in Atlanta…it still has all her pins on it and all the stuff she put in it for the walk. I have one just like it and I still have mine too. I think I carried hers in the first walk I did without her in 2009. I don't have her purse though….
My sister in law said (she also said something about a fireman - Melissa's grandpa was a fireman and she said something about Freebird. Jan thinks Melissa was saying FIREBIRD NOT FREEBIRD!)
She probably was!!!! Teresa just didn't know what a Firebird was!
The other thing - as she was walking away from me, she turned around and said "Do butterflies mean anything to you?"
I'm pretty happy.
On the way home, Jan texted me and said "Guess what song is on the radio????"
She didn't even tell me. I knew…
VIVA LA VIDA. Melissa was there.
But she stepped back and let my mom come through. Interesting thing too…my mom passed away May 20, 2007. I had two dreams about my mom in the last week…first time since she passed away. I think she was letting me know she was going to be there. And the other thing - every time I go to Thomas Windlow (the medium I go to) he says "Your mom wants to know why you don't talk to her. You need to talk to your mom more." or "your mom wants to know why you don't ask about her?"
I'm working on that. My mom and I had unfinished business. I never got to ask her HOW IN THE WORLD do you live without one of your children? (because she lost a child too - my brother)…my mom died about a year and a half before Melissa, and I never thought to ask her. Because I didn't want to think about losing my daughter…
Another interesting thing happened when we first got there. Right when we walked in the door, I saw someone that looked VERY familiar…and if you know me, I am at the point in my life where I don't just sit back and wonder where I know them from, I ask. So I went up to this girl (who was standing with two other people) and I said "Did you go to Moraine Meadows?" (the school where I worked), and she said "No. I went to Centerville." My response to her was "then you have a twin"…she looked at me kind of funny and said "I do. She's right here" and pointed to the girl standing next to her…who looked NOTHING like her. (she had dark hair, her twin had blonde hair). As Jennifer and I walked away, I was trying to think of who she looked like…and it hit me. She looked JUST LIKE Sunday Coffee, one of my former students from Moraine Meadows…who passed away a couple of years ago. Weird. Really weird.
During the show, as Teresa walked around the arena, several cameras followed her around - if you got a reading, you were on the big screen on the stage - you could see Teresa and the people that were getting readings. Another one of my former students (Donnie Phelps) was there too - and found me afterward to tell me that "when she said something about the butterflies I KNEW it was your daughter!
So anyway, I'd say I got my money's worth tonight. Whether or not you believe, or you are skeptical, my feeling is, if it gets me through another day…that's all that matters.
I KNOW she comes through - and I'm beginning to realize I need to talk to my mom more too.
One more thing…she talked a little about her fan club. Once the fan club started making money, she turns it around and gives it back to people in her fan club in the form of trips, and gift cards and readings among other things.
Also, a reading from her is $150 (I think - maybe $175) and if you have a group reading, it's $50 per person. All that money goes to charity. One of the charities it Wounded Warriors.
Might take a year or so, but if anyone would be interested, I'd schedule a group reading. Let me know!