Friday, November 14, 2008

Giving Thanks 3x

I am thankful for many people in my life but there is one in particular person that I am thankful for. Her name is Amanda Huff. She is my nighttime aide during the week Saturday through Wednesday. However it is one thing to have a job and another to own it. Amanda definitely owns it. She has a good heart and wants the best for Norine and me. She has a great sense of humor and is always there for the good times and bad. As my mom says she has a can-do attitude and as my Nana says she is a doll. Now you feel like a real roommate even though you are hired to help us. Thank you for all that you do! You are helping my dream of living on my own become a reality and I appreciate it because I know it isn’t always easy

There are a lot of mean people in the world but apparently not on November 4th 2008. On election day, I started my day with my mom as my aide for work, because at this time we hadn’t yet hired a Tuesday PA. I roll in to the polling place to vote for only my second Presidential election. I have only seen these people four times in my life and before I can tell them what my name is, they seem to say in unison “Hi Jessica.” As if I have known them for years. Then they ask me, pointing to my mom, “Is this your aide?”
“No” I reply with a smile, “She is my mom.” When it is time for me to sign my name they ask me if I had my name stamp? At this point I want to laugh so hard. I replied, yes and mom pulls me up to the table so I could reach the table because I am holding the stamp and mom bumps my knees! One of the election judge sees what is going on and offers to put a book under the paper so it is easier for me. When I leave they give me a sticker and tell me that I am a good citizen and said they would see me next time. At first, I thought it was a little funny how friendly they were but then I thought how much nicer our world would be if people were just a little nicer to each other everyday. I think Mom could not believe it either because instead of walking out the exit door she walked through the door with the pews instead. If you haven’t figured it out, our polling place is in a church.

Thank you mom for working your butt off to find Jacklyn. So now I have Brenda on Mondays and Wednesdays and Jaclyn on Tuesdays and Thursday. Since we have been without help on Tuesdays and Thursdays, this has been hard on my family and especially my mom and me but I am hopeful that things work out well with Jaclyn and me. Brenda, next month I will talk about you.