“It makes me happy to make people smile.” That is the last sentence on the Designer Beads by Jess Etsy page that I scrolled through after meeting with Jessica Reed and her mom, Patty. If you read the post about No Label At The Table and watched the video, you already have met this “little angel” as her mom Patty calls her. Patty and I started corresponding after she read my last post that included pictures of her daughter. I do not know what compelled us to want to meet. Curiosity, maybe? Now I have two more remarkable friends to add to my collection.
As they walked in the restaurant where we met, Jessica held her hand out to me. “Here,” she said. Our eyes briefly met. Then she looked away. My heart melted as I stood holding a bracelet, not yet realizing that it was handmade by this “little angel.”
Her mother and I did most of the talking as Jessica played a game on her phone, but I know that this twenty-three year old with Autism was not dismissing me. I have learned that people take in the world in different ways. After an hour and a half of exchanging information, here is what I learned about Patty and Jessica.
Jessica Is twenty-three and has a twin brother who is in college. She works at No Label At The Table and has a side business of selling handmade jewelry. She loves to read, watch movies, and play video games.
Patty’s love for her children was apparent throughout our conversation. Does this Mom realize that her own story is as inspirational as her daughter’s? Patty is a seventeen year breast cancer survivor, mother of a child with Autism, and sister to a sibling with Parkinson’s Disease. On top of all of that, her father just recently died. She just shrugged and said, “What do you do? You just go on.”
Yes. Patty, you just go on, and along the way you tell your story. Your smile and tears through sharing brought me hope that day. I feel like I have met two more fellow warriors facing life’s challenges and doing it well.
My favorite “Jessica comment” was after her mom turned to her and called Jessica her little angel. This little angel said directly to her mom, “I’m not little anymore.” Ouch! Thank you for the reminder, oh wise one! We thought you were absorbed in your video game, but you were listening to every word we said. Just as I thought.
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