Two things about my beautiful niece on her 14th birthday


First of all, old-timey readers of I Will Dare may be shocked to learn that little Jaycie who looked liked this when I first started blogging is now a young woman of fourteen.

People, she is amazing. If you were lucky enough to know her you wouldn’t worry so much about the future because you’d have proof that there are smart, kind, progressive, and thinking young people out there. And I’m not saying that just because I’m a proud aunt. I’m say that because it’s true. Just last weekend Jaycie planned to march in the Minneapolis Slut Walk carrying a sign she made that said ‘I wear this for me not for you'(although it didn’t happen because the Walk was horribly organized).

Jaycie's Work Area

So what are the two things I want to tell you? First, this is a picture of her workspace. When she interned over the summer for MN Reads she set up her own spot in the loft and decorated it accordingly. Above her makeshift desk she taped pictures of the people who inspire her. If you can’t tell from the picture on the wall is Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Gaga, The Dixie Chicks, and Tim Gunn.

I’m not gonna lie, I was a little envious and embarrassed. Above my desk? The Replacements, John Irving and a creepy mask of John Malkovich from when “Being John Malkovich” first came out. Oh and a postcard of Dawson’s Creek. Where are the women? WHERE? It’s a damn shame, I tell you and as soon as I find an 8×10 glossy of Mary Gaitskill or Lorrie Moore, I’m pinning that shit up.

The second thing.

<----- Over there on the left is a screencap I took last week of Jaycie's Amazon wishlist. Look at it. Do you see what I see? Because I see a list of books and records that look pretty damn good to me. Hello, I want to read those books. Seriously, if she were a thritysomething man, I'd want to date her. Joan Jett? Georgia O'Keefe? Frida Kahlo? Keith Haring? Oh my god, when I spied those things on her wishlist my auntly heart nearly beat out of my chest with so much pride and exuberance. KEITH HARING! If you had any idea how much I loved Keith Haring's work and what a roll it played in shaping who I was in my early twenties, you'd die of pride right here with me. And today she's fourteen. If you're lucky some day you will get to meet her and you too will feel like me, honored just to know her. Happy Birthday, Jaycie!

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  1. Angela S 04.Oct.11 at 10:15 am

    What a terrific young woman. I love, love her desk. Happy Birthday, Jaycie!

    1. Jodi 04.Oct.11 at 11:10 am

      @Angela S, She’s awesome. I’m sure you’ll meet her someday soon.


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