"I would like to have a nice cup of tea and meditate for an hour before I get my day started. That's just the beginning of the day, and that's what matters to me. If I could have that beginning, the rest of my day would be peaceful."
1. Where did you grow up, and what did you like about your hometown?
I grew up in Leland, Mississippi, born and raised. I always liked it because I familiarized it with Mayberry, the location from The Andy Griffin Show! Jim Henson (the guy from the Muppets) originates there! I also like how the creek Kermit the Frog usually stays at originates from this small town. I love the school I went to: Leland High School. It was my favorite high school. I used to be a cheerleader, class president, and everybody in that town used to be a mentor to me. I wanted to raise my kids there, but the environment changed drastically. Unfortunately, it is not the same town anymore.
2. Do you have any siblings or children?
I am a twin. I have a sister named Caroline that has a daughter, and her daughter who almost won American idol! I have three older sisters named Judy, Vicky, and Connie. All of us come from a spiritual, singing family, and we are very close. We were raised by a single parent, our mom, who bought a house by herself!
I have four kids: two boys and two girls. My oldest son's name is "DJ" Vernon Brooks. He is 27, and he is a trained MMA fighter. He was diagnosed with ADHD when he was young but could not take medication because of glaucoma in his eye. My younger son's name is Terry Richmond, Jr.. He is 19 and is a trained boxer. Terry is outgoing and is a full-time student at Tallahassee Community College. He has scored with honors in his college exams and will possibly have some scholarships available. Terry really wants to be a boxer when he grows up. My oldest daughter is also named Catherine. She is 25 years old, and in December, she graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.A. in Hospitality. She has two children of her own. My youngest daughter, Terrineshia, is 22. She is a general manager of Long John Silver's in Fort Lauderdale and also has two children.
3. What is your favorite movie, and why? Do you have a favorite scene?
My favorite movie has to be The Wizard of Oz. It is a musical, and it makes me happy. I love the singing, and I love the color. It has to be the old Wizard of Oz, not the new one. My favorite scene has to be the lion scene when the lion says what he is going to do, that the lion is a bragger, and then he starts crying. His bark is worse than his bite.
4. What kind of music do you like? Do you have a favorite artist or song?
My favorite music is R & B, Whitney Houston, and the song "One Moment In Time". I think every human on the planet has a moment in their life when they are the king on top, when they are able to accomplish anything they want!
5. What would constitute a perfect day for you?
A perfect day for me would be getting up in the morning and watching the sun rise with nature. I love to sit outside, listen to nature, commune with nature, and listen to the natural music of the world. I would like to have a nice cup of tea and meditate for an hour before I get my day started. That's just the beginning of the day, and that's what matters to me. If I could have that beginning, the rest of my day would be peaceful.
6. For what in life do you feel most grateful for?
My life is what I'm most grateful for. To experience life is what I'm most grateful for. I have been married twice, and giving birth to my kids has been a blessing. Having mentors, siblings, and having the ability to meet new people. I love the freedom to make choices, and I am grateful to be 47 and still be going. It has been a wonderful journey so far, and I am still grateful to keep going.
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