Waco, Texas

 

Jared’s daughter is curious and brave. When we went out to a local spot with a food truck, she immediately went over to ask for some fries. She’s always interested in what people are doing and asks them questions at any opportunity. While we were interviewing her she made sure she got the chance to try interviewing us too. When we had finished recording our conversation with Jared she held the microphone towards Elle and asked, “Why are you interviewing us?”

“Because we want to share your story,” Elle responded. As with many of her replies, she would nod in a way that you could tell she was fully listening. Her patience was mature for her age and it certainly seemed like she acquired the virtue from her parents. Jared was willing to sit down with us on a hot winter day in Waco, relocate when we asked for a better place to record, and take care of his daughter at the same time.

Jared makes whiskey and although I have limited knowledge of what it’s like to distill anything, I can imagine that since it takes time and that patience is a good attribute to have. I was inspired by his patience with his daughter’s situation. As he says in the interview, he never intended to be a nervous father. I wanted things to be better for them. I wished that diseases like hers didn’t exist, but I also knew that with her parents’ unanxious attention and steadfast patience she would get better. And just like with good whiskey, things get better in time.

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