Cast Spotlight: Terri Spilman

by Michelle on April 18, 2014

We were so glad when Terri came to audition this year, like she says, she audition in 2013 as well. Let the record stand that our original ‘it’s not you, it’s us’ was the honest to goodness truth! Her story rocks! Ah, motherhood…

TerriWhy did you audition for LTYM? I read about the Listen To Your Mother shows a few years ago and really liked the idea of people coming together all across the country to share their stories about mothering. I actually auditioned last year only to receive a “it’s not you, it’s us” email and did not get into the cast. After I read the stories and watched the videos from the show, I wanted to be a part of the salute to mothers even more. So I put my embarrassment aside and mustered up the nerve to send in another piece. I received an audition, threw caution to the wind and read once again for Michelle and Judy who were super welcoming. Well, the second time was a charm – or they just felt sorry for me – and I made the cast.

What’s your secret vice? My secret vice is ice cream, though it’s not so secret to my immediate family. I think I may have been Ozzie Nelson in another life who was famous for eating a bowl of ice cream every night on the 50’s television sitcom, “Ozzie and Harriet.”

 When did you first start writing? What’s your favorite subject to write about? I studied Communications and always did some type of business-to-business writing throughout my career. When I had my daughter, I became a stay at home mom and stopped writing completely. I started writing again by posting antidotes from my life as a stay at home mom on Facebook. So, I basically used my friends as an audience and started a blog to expand my stories of motherhood, midlife and marriage. I really love writing positive stories about the people in my community as well a learning about all the different arts and entertainment going on in the area.

Are you right-handed or left-handed? I am a right-handed person born to a left handed mother.

Tell us about your favorite childhood memory? My favorite childhood memory is just playing outside in the beautiful Indiana summer with all the kids in the neighborhood. In the early 70’s, there weren’t a lot of organized sports or other activities so there was always someone to play with. All of the backyards converged into one gigantic field that was always used for some type of game of football, baseball, kickball or tag. We even put on a neighborhood play to raise money to buy our moms flowers for Mother’s Day. Free time equaled creativity and fun.

Are you a country girl or a city girl? Why? I’m a city girl who appreciates the country. I lived in New York City for a year and lived close to the downtown Cincinnati for many years. Nothing beats the excitement, hustle and bustle of the city and romance of city lights. Now that I have a family of my own, I much prefer the tranquility of the suburbs and love that my house is five minutes from downtown Carmel and five minutes from Spencer Farms where I can pick my own berries.

 What’s your favorite book? Chick flick? I don’t read as much as I’d like, so my favorite book is most always the most recent one I’ve read. I just finished Anna Quindlen’s Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, as she reflects on life after 50. My favorite Chick flick is still “When Harry Met Sally.”

What’s your favorite way to spend a night in? A night out? My favorite way to spend a night in is for my husband, our daughter and me to miraculously agree on the same television program or movie, make some popcorn and snuggle together on the couch. My favorite way to spend a night out is dinner and laughter with friends.

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