A Special Gift

Name: Nicole Schwarz

Location: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Relationship to Jessica: Best friend from school

The very first time I met Jess was in 1st grade CCD class.

Jess & Nicole in High School

© jessicafashano.com

I called Jess one day when we first started to become close friends (so maybe 7th or 8th grade). Of course there was no cell phone yet so I called the house number. I remember being so nervous because I was a dork and was excited to call her on the phone.

Mrs. Fashano answered so I held on as she went to get Jess. I could hear a piano playing in the background and I remember thinking, I wonder what Jess is watching! It was around Christmas time so it was one of the Christmas songs.

The music stopped and Jess got on the phone. I was like, were YOU playing that? And she said, yes that was me. I couldn’t believe it because it was so beautiful and at the time I didn’t know she played the piano so well. I told her how great she sounded and probably went on and on about it.

Once Christmas arrived, Jess gave me her gift: it was a cassette tape of her playing a bunch of Christmas songs. I loved it and played it every Christmas (until I no longer had a cassette tape player)! This was one of my first memories of Jess….and there were many more after this one. I will miss her every day of my life.

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  1. What a sweet, heartfelt gift that Jessica gave you Nicole. I really enjoyed reading your memory of this moment. 🙂

  2. I love how the special gift can be Jessica’s talent, the cassette tape, or Jessica & Nicole’s friendship. Thanks for sharing this, Nicole. xo

  3. Thank you for sharing. I feel like I learn little things about Jessica that I never knew from the memories being shared. Hearing her play piano-what a beautiful treasure she gave you!

  4. Thank you all for your kind words. Listening to her tape always brought a smile to my face. Danielle, I agree, all of those were gifts, especially our friendship. That was the greatest gift I could have ever asked for.

  5. Nicole, thanks for sending me a copy of Jessica’s Christmas tape!! It is so special to have it. xo

  6. You’re welcome, Danielle! I wanted to share this great gift with you so you could cherish it as much as I have <3