After looking at the theme, I did see one thing wrong with the child theme.
If you look at these two pages:
From the child theme
Same post from parent theme
You'll notice the sidebar text (titles of widgets) should be bold black text but in the child theme, it's like faded or simply not black or almost white.
Might someone have an idea how this could happen. I have yet to create any functions in the functions.php. I had created a functions.php file but then deleted it and the faded bold print is still there. So I don't think that had anything to do with it. Will continue playing with functions.php in the child theme to just see what I can do to customize the site.
Still would like to know why text is doing what it's doing. It's something that I've only seen in the parent theme when looking at the site in IE.