Terry told Jenn that he has a statue of himself in his house — something that completely freaks out his wife.
“I’m not narcissistic, but I love myself,” he joked.
Terry explained that he heard a story of a man who had a crooked back. After the man built a statue of himself, his back miraculously straightened out.
“It inspired me because if I see myself as this beautiful, great image, I will always stay in that image,” he said. “I always look at [the statue] to influence myself. ‘You got to be this. You are this every day.’”
However, he said his wife constantly tells him, “Will you get rid of this damn thing?”
To prank her, Terry placed the statue in different places of their house.
Because he has four girls and just one boy, Terry noted “all the female energy in [his] house.”
“It’s always drama with the girls,” he told Jenn. “When I go home and everybody’s crying, it’s my fault.”
For example, when Terry’s driving with his girls, he will say, “Hey, everything’s cool?” to which they will respond, “Yeah, it’s cool.”
But when they come home, they’ll “tell mom, ‘Hey mom! He wouldn’t even talk to me!’”
However, Terry no longer has “female energy” in his house, as he and his wife recently dropped off their youngest daughter at college.
“On the ride back, me and my wife were looking at each other [and said,] ‘Oh no!’ We weren’t ready,” he admitted. “We walked around the house all depressed.”
Sadly, Terry and his wife will soon become empty nesters, as their 17-year-old son will head to college next year.
He’s Both an Athlete and an Artist
Terry told JHud that he always had an interest in both sports and art.
“I’m an artist. I paint [and] I draw. I had an art scholarship before I had a football scholarship.”
However, because of Terry’s many talents, he was often misunderstood in high school.
“I would go to football practice [and they would say,] ‘Hey man, you better put that pencil down and stop all that art stuff.’ But then I go to art class [and they would say,] ‘He’s a big jock. He doesn’t understand us.’”
That’s why in his graphic novel “Terry’s Crew,” Terry wanted to justify his quest to become a multi-hyphenate, as he does “so many things.”
“I designed furniture, I play the flute,” he continued.
Speaking of art, Terry told Jenn that he began drawing when he was 5 and would animate superheroes because he wasn’t allowed to go to the movies.
“I would be in my room drawing the movies I wanted to see. I would be drawing album covers because we weren’t allowed to do anything else.”