has been a Christian Science healer and teacher for many years. Recently, asked Beverly to talk about pregnancy and parenting—in her own experience as a mother and grandmother, and in terms of the ways she's helped other parents to see the spiritual nature of their children.
I HAD JUST ONE CHILD, a son. Roy's a grown man now, with four children of his own, and I'm honestly able to say that even when I was pregnant, I thought of him as an idea—God's idea, mature and spiritual—that I'd always known and loved.
Not too long ago, we were talking and I told him that. And he said, "I've always thought of myself as an idea in Mind." That's been a wonderful spiritual insight for us both, and it's enabled us to have a close relationship that isn't hampered by mother-son stereotypes. We're friends, my son and I—fellow travelers on a spiritual journey through life.