20 questions: Stacy Halstead
Three years ago, a falling tree limb injured Tripp Halstead, 2 at the time, while he played at his day care in Winder, Georgia. His parents, Stacy and Bill, have shared Tripp’s progress on Facebook through almost 20 surgeries as he has journeyed toward recovery. Their Facebook page, Tripp Halstead Updates, has received nationwide attention and has almost 1.5 million followers. Upstate Parent checked in with Stacy, a stay-at-home mother and former Greenville resident, to learn more about Tripp’s condition and how she and her husband have dealt with what happened to their only child.
1. How do you feel about the support you’ve found on Facebook through the Tripp Halstead Updates page?
I'm overwhelmed at the support. People really do care about not only Tripp, but our whole family. It’s amazing.
2. Are you surprised you have more than 1 million fans on the page?
Extremely surprised. With so many sick kids, I’m not sure why our page has such appeal.
3. What has been the hardest part of dealing with Tripp’s accident?
The memories of how happy he was before the accident. We are working hard to get there again.
4. How is Tripp doing now? Can you give a brief update?
He is good. Even being nonverbal and physically handicapped, his personality is shining through. He can now communicate with smiles and pouts.
5. What advice would you give to parents whose children are sick or have been injured?
Never give up while learning to accept their disabilities. We push for Tripp to recover, but if he never got one ounce better than he is today we will love him the same.
6. What is your favorite family ritual?
Taking a big family vacation every year to the beach.
7. What always makes you laugh?
Watching reruns of “The Office.”
8. What would surprise people about you?
That I used to drive a dump truck. I worked for a landscaping company.
9. What quality do you most admire in others?
Kindness. It seems so simple but the world needs more kind people.
10. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Spending our summers at the lake.
11. What’s the best place to take kids?
Tripp loves the Georgia Aquarium. It has a calming effect on him.
12. What’s your super power?
Social media. LOL.
13. What’s your dream vacation destination?
I love to travel. I hope to visit Ireland and Greece one day.
14. What is your favorite TV show?
“Dancing with the Stars.”
15. When you were younger, what did you want to be?
I always thought it would be fun to be a tollbooth collector, to sit in that little booth all day and watch all the people coming and going. Now I think differently. And a professional water skier.
16. What are your hobbies?
I love to read and go to the movies. It helps me escape the stress of the real world.
17. What is something important life has taught you?
How important pictures are. Tripp could have died and that would be all I had left of him. I try to take pictures of my family daily.
18. What has surprised you most about being a parent?
How deeply you can love someone. It's so intense.
19. What book do you most recommend to others?
Anything by Mary Higgins Clark. I love all her books.
20. What is the best gift parents can give their child?
Uninterrupted time. Let them know how important and special they are to you.