By Terry Morgan
At this point in my life I have come to the realization I’m a geek and I’m ok with that! Embracing my inner-self is not difficult with the changing culture from the festivals to the comic cons the world is now my oyster, but it wasn’t always like this. My earliest memories of geekdom is a Spider-man #11 issue comic that I found at the local salvage yard. It was tore up on the cover but I wanted it and my grandma said go for it, so I was set! I Still remember reading it over and over again. I dreamed of being a superhero from that day on, short of the super powers I’m doing ok in that element of life. My mom never got it though. She always asked why I wanted to dress up like Batman or hang upside down like Spidey and when it came to my toys she always got the wrong character or a different vehicle than what I asked for! Now, I’m not complaining, cause my mom always came through, but when your a geek you know what you want.
Now after enough tries my mom started taking me to the store ahead of time for me to point out what I wanted so grandma would know. I didn’t notice this at first, but grandma got it right all the time. We still had our ups and downs, like when i asked for a snake eyes and got a beach head (still G.I. Joe, so at least she was in the ballpark), but she did hooked it up with the Han solo blaster. As i got older my mom did encourage me to play D&D and I can honestly say that helped me in so many ways. When middle school came I wanted to create a haunt and she was the first to come out and help set the yard up. Now she grew up a popular cheerleader type and i think this was one of those things that we really clicked on. In horror films, the cheerleader always gets a lot of face time on screen, and she loves that!
This weekend is Mothers Day and I’m off to do a festival as Captain America and sell some of my collection so I can buy more to add to it. I will take the time to call my mom and wish her a happy day and when she asks what I’m doing I’ll tell her and she will laugh and say “that’s my son.” I know this is her way of saying she loves and supports my career as an actor and comedian.
I still think back to when she brought over a late birthday present to me not too long ago, it was supposed to be a Star Wars train. I didn’t say a word when I looked down and saw the Star Trek logo on the side of the train. I laugh really hard when I think back, it’s just another reminder that I’m a geek and my moms not!
By Terry Morgan