Strangers 20 & 20, Day 20 – Meet Jada and Tara, the “Loving Sisters”

Strangers 20 & 20 Day 20 - Meet Jada and Tara

I stepped into Starbucks this afternoon smiling and greeting the usual ‘crüe’. I was looking around for a Stranger to talk to when sprightly little one walked past me. Turns out, this little girl was the daughter of a friend — I hadn’t met her daughter, yet. And nearby, was the other daughter. Both of my friend’s daughter were on-hand, and curious, I asked my friend if I could speak to them today. She laughs for a second and was totally game.

This project is to connect, yet. But I’ve also been highly interested in the motivations and passions of others. Well, it’s common for adults to lose some of that creativity and passion for life at times, so it was especially intriguing for me to interview two kids full of energy.

Meet Jada (younger sister) and Tara (older sister)

What’s your favorite food?

Jada: “Cakes!” Haha, mine, too. So I followed up asking what types of cakes to which she replied, “All cakes!” Jada and I have much in common.

Tara: “Spicy chicken… just plain fried chicken with hot sauce!”

Her mother laughed when I shared this with her. “Yup! That’s what she loves.”

What do you love to do?

Jada: “Singing.” I asked Jada what song she liked singing to which she responded, “Cheerleader!” After looking this up, it’s by an artist named OMI — I’m not cool enough to know this on my own, haha. (Click here for the song.)

Tara: “Dancing”. No, she did not have a particular type of dancing that she liked doing. She just liked dancing of all sorts.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Tara: “An art teacher or a singer.” Tara shared her favorite singer was Jamie Grace.

Jada: “I want to be a singer… this is like a pop quiz for what we want to be.” Haha, I didn’t even know she would know what a pop quiz was. Apparently, her school really ups the ante at a young age trying to catch them on their toes.

I asked both what they liked most about singing to which Jada responded, “You can do it when you’re sad.” Whoa. That’s a deep answer. I loved that. In the few minutes of speaking to these girls, I found a boost of energy at the end of the day. Jada, especially, has a lot of energy while Tara is more reserved.

Tara chimed in, “it’s fun!”

What do you think it takes to be a singer?

Jada: “I think I have to get singing lessons… singing lessons… singing lessons…” Jada sings. She mentions how her mother tells her to work hard in lessons.

Tara: “Practice.”

What do you enjoy about school?

Jada’s right hand shoots up towards the sky. She’s eager to tell me, “you can learn a lot, and have fun!”

Jada continues to share what she’s learned recently, “If anything has air in it, it floats. But if it doesn’t have air, it sinks.” We talk for a moment about this and why this is. I stay clear of why not everything floats with air, but point out the weight of air vs. the weight of water. She follows my conversation with one of the sweetest, curious faces you’ll ever see.

I turn towards Tara who shares with me, “nouns and natural resources.” Tara is very soft spoken, so I actually had to ask her to repeat herself a few times. Behind those pink-purple glasses is a bright girl.

What do you love about your parents?

Jada: “They’re kind.”

Tara: “My mom tells me to always be myself. My dad tell me to never give up.”

At this point, Jada wants to chime in again, “You shouldn’t ever give up. You have to keep trying, or you’ll never know how to do it.” I admire their spirit, and I hope they hold onto these pieces of great advice from their parents.

For random fun, I ask the girls what’s something interesting they wanted to share. Even knowing Jada’s enthusiasm, though brief, I didn’t think she would make me laugh with her response.

“What’s your lunch number at school!” I’m laughing, and I ask why is that important for me to know, but before I can finish, she continues, “6-3-5-8-0. It’s how you get your to-go to eat.”

Her sister is laughing with her sister now. Tara elaborates, “long story short, don’t have a number, can’t eat.” Well, that’s not entirely true. They correct themselves telling me that the kids can get a temporary number, too.

What would you teach a 3-year-old?

Jada: “How to walk!” Her sister laughs and says 3-year-olds likely know how to walk. Jada thinks, “Hmm… what else? What else?” she says aloud.

Jada excitedly looks at me, smiles her big smile and exclaims, “how to snap!” She shares with me how her older sister taught her how recently.

Tara: “Teach them how to read.” She looks at her younger sister and compliments her by saying, “you’re pretty good.” #aww

What can you teach an adult?

The kids think about this for a while. They’re unsure for a moment.

Jada, true to herself since the beginning, jumps in first, “How to run fast! I can run very, very fast!”

Tara takes off her glasses and looks at me, “not to put my glasses away!” Haha. Apparently, her parents keep taking her glasses without her knowing about it which makes her think she’s lost them. They’re giggling and whispering together now.

Where have you been? (Thanks to Rickey, Stranger 19)

Jada: “In Georgia.”

Tara: “Georgia, Michigan, Florida.”

Jada corrects herself, “Oh wait, me too!”

I laugh inside because Rickey mentioned to me yesterday he was curious how the Stranger would respond. We were thinking this question could elicit a response similar to some path in life or some life lesson. I hadn’t even thought about an answer so explicit to where the Stranger might’ve traveled to. This, of course, is where the girls took the question.

What question do you want to ask anyone like an adult?

Jada: “How to write so good.” As she tells me this, she mimics writing with her right hand in an almost cursive-style.

Tara: “How to do a push-up!” She giggles. Her sister giggles saying, “I can do a push-up!” They laugh at each other, and then sit still in front of me for my next question. Except, my next question is for them to take their picture.

After the handshake.

Well, during the handshake actually, I couldn’t help but appreciate and their shyness in shaking hands and the delicacy of their fingers.

I really enjoyed this entire interview/ connection. It was great. I was wondering if I would speak to kids at some point, and glad I was able to jump right into it for Day 20. It was fun to just take a moment and live in the energy and spirit of these two beautiful girls. I appreciated their energy, their creative innocence, positive outlook, and their support and love for one another.

So meet these two beautiful girls, Jada and Tara. No longer Strangers.

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