By the winter of 2001, Westover’s income had grown to the point that she had attained a level of independence. While listening to her father testifying about how her mother was a healer, what Westover no longer felt dependent on her parents. Instead, she regarded herself as a full grown woman who could adequately handle her own life. She states that she, “…no longer sat, childlike, at her father’s feet” (Westover 132). She was, therefore, keen to attain the level of autonomy that would be important in making her make independent decisions regarding her own life. It is at this point that she started questioning many things that her father had taught her earlier in her childhood. For example, he had taught her that there were truths, and there were less, but nothing in between. She determined that there was no future in her father and the beliefs he had put in her mind.