AUTHOR: While the twins watch TV and we fix breakfast, Julia, tell me how long you’ve known Shannon.
JULIA: We started working at Talmidge Center for Children about the same time. I’m a child psychiatrist and Shannon was hired as a physical therapist.
AUTHOR: But Shannon’s dream was to build a music therapy program?
JULIA: Our boss led her to believe that would happen.
AUTHOR: In the meantime, Shannon incorporated music into physical therapy sessions, right?
JULIA: Yes. It might be as simple as teaching mothers lullabies to calm their children as the moms gently massaged their babies’ legs and arms. Shannon also worked with other staff to do this . For instance, she worked with the speech therapist to teach children to sing. When children sing, lisps or stutters and some other speech problems disappear. It gives a child self-confidence to know they can sound like other kids.
AUTHOR: But your boss wasn’t supportive of these efforts.
JULIA: He didn’t want to spend money on the programs we already offered, let alone to start new programs.
AUTHOR: Yet Talmidge held fundraising events to generate money.
JULIA: Yes. And each time, our boss promised Shannon that part of the money would go toward music therapy.
AUTHOR: Including the fundraiser where Geoff and Shannon sang a duet?
JULIA: That’s right. The duet was unplanned, but it brought Geoff and Shannon back together again. As their relationship developed, our boss saw the opportunity to use Shannon to get money from Geoff.
AUTHOR: And that put Shannon in the difficult position of asking Geoff for money or lose the opportunity to realize her dream of setting up a music therapy program.
JULIA: That choice became even more distasteful for Shannon after she found out her father got money for her teenaged encounter with Geoff.
AUTHOR: And we’ll find out more about that when we talk to our next guests at noon. Thank you, Julia, for spending time with us.