There were about a hundred people in the room and my deceased grandmother stole the show. I had mentioned many times to people before the trip that I wasn't sure if I would sign up for the gallery reading, but that I knew my grandmother would be mad at me if she came through and I wasn't there. It's a good thing I went.
By the way, if you're a skeptic, you might want to quit reading. (Except for you J***, you better keep reading.) I don't have an objective bone in my body when it comes to the paranormal or the spiritual...including saints, angels, etc. I believe. Period. So, I'm not interested in a skeptic's explanation of the events we experienced.
I've watched John Edward's show many times and often wondered if he was reading the minds of the people in the gallery (an interesting ability in itself) rather than actually communicating with their deceased relatives. However, when your deceased grandmother starts talking to you, believe me your mind is a total blank.
Michael Parry was on the other side of the room when he said, "Ruby." (My mom's name.) He asked, "Who would be loud that would be trying to talk to you?"
She said, "My mother-in-law." The audience roared.
Some people believe these guys do something called "cold readings" which means the audience member is inadvertently providing information to the medium. There might have been a couple of instances of this in our reading, but 99% came directly from the other side. I'm sure of that. I bought the video of the event, so we'll be able to analyze our responses further.
Some skeptics also say the psychic listens to people in line or while they're waiting for the show to start. My mom, sister and I didn't speak of grandma while we were waiting. Nor, did I speak of the two people whose names he mentioned to me later. One of those names not being a common name. He mentioned my grandmother's neighbor Mary and my cousin Charlie by name. I agree that those are common names, but their names were totally in context with grandma's messages about them.
Things Michael Parry hit on the nose:
- My grandmother had brown curly hair which she was very proud of and I had spoken of it at her funeral. It was one of the things that made me saddest when I saw an old picture of her there with her hair fixed like she used to wear it before she got sick. She told Michael Parry she had beautiful brown curly hair and that he better not tease her about it.
- My grandmother's inheritance allowed my sister and I to have down payments on our homes and my cousin moved into grandma's house after she passed away. He said she mentioned that "she" bought three houses.
- She and my grandfather argued all the time, but loved each other very much. (Grandpa died a week short of their 70th anniversary.) Grandma told him Grandpa had his own place "there" (on the other side) but she "let him visit."
- He described her personality perfectly and everything he said was in a way she would have said it. (Even if there was some way that he could have overheard conversations over the weekend from us about our grandmother, he would not have known her personality. I honestly don't remember talking about grandma at any time during the retreat prior to the gallery reading.)
- He mentioned my mother's gardening. He said grandma said, "She regular gardens, not 'pushing up daisies' like me." Grandma would have totally said that.
- Grandma said my grandpa was a "stick in the mud." Yes, he was.
- He asked "Does she gamble?" That's when I totally lost it. She LOVED Vegas. Went several times a year.
- He saw her playing cards. When she wasn't in Vegas, she was sitting at the kitchen table playing solitaire.
- He said my grandmother's friend/neighbor Mary was there with her and they were having a great time.
- He knew Bonnie (my sister) was divorced before grandma died and that Bonnie "isn't looking" for a man but that grandma said she was going to send somebody to her.
- He spoke of Bonnie's two dogs, one of which is with grandma.
- He mentioned my cousin "Charlie" and asked what the number or word "one" had to do with him. I said, "He has cancer and a couple of months ago, he was given one week to live." He said grandma will be there to meet him and wanted us to know.
- Mentioned my friend "J" by name. He looked at me and said, "I need to talk to YOU now." I said, "Okay." He said, "J***." I said, "Crap." He said, "She says he needs a kick in the pants." Note to "J": I don't think you need a kick in the pants, but that's totally something my grandmother would say to you.
- Mentioned my office manager "M" by name. He said, "Who's M***?" I said, "My office manager." He said, "You work in a small office? About ten people?" I said,"No." He said, "Initials G or J?" I said, "No." He said, "Well maybe this is for the future."
- On my way home, like a brick wall it hit me. My office has ten attorneys and the senior partner's initials are G. J.
One last word to the skeptics who might think the Parrys got their information from this blog or by Google-ing us or something. We were asked at the sign-in/registration table for the retreat if we wanted to attend the gallery reading. If we did, we paid $20 and were given a sticker for our badges. The line was moving fast and there was no way that the person taking the money for the gallery reading had time to note in the computer who was attending the gallery and who was not.