Jewel Tankard

Jewel talks about the therapy session with her sisters and the anniversary party drama.

on Dec 1, 2013 Going into the anniversary party were you nervous? Were you worried about Brooklyn and Benji getting along? Were you happy with how the event turned out?
Jewel: Going into the anniversary party I was a little nervous, because Junice had been so easily upset and offended. So I was like, Lord help me to say the right things so she doesn't continue to be hurt. I want her to heal and just be cool like before. I knew Brook and Benji would be fine, because otherwise they knew if they didn't it was going to be another family meeting. Jewel, were you shocked that Junice brought her children? What did you think of her comments about the speeches and about the gift you presented her with?
Jewel: I was not totally shocked she brought her children. I think right now until she becomes OK with us, everything we ask she will try and do the opposite. Junice has a real need to establish her own life, identity, and values. So until she does that and feels totally respected by us, she’ll probably continue to do the opposite of whatever we ask. I felt that she was doing her own thing and was flowing in her own identity, but obviously that's not quite how she feels yet. Hurt people say hurtful things. Once she heals, she won't say mean things, but until then I've fixed my heart to not respond to it and just keep doing what I know is right. Trust me, there are some things I could have said, but it would not have been kind so I shut my mouth and walk in what I know is right. I know my sister loves me, but she and I just need some space to grow and mature through this.