Sometimes in life we have the opportunity to meet someone special. I met someone special this past weekend. Actually, I had met her about 5 months ago, but this time, it became quite clear how special she is.
I’d like to introduce you to her. Meet Sadie Desjardins.
|Sadie and her favorite pig|
Sadie lives in northern Maine, in a town called Ft. Kent. And I mean northern. You can literally see Canada from her house (no you can’t see Russia from there!) Sadie is 13. She lives a pretty normal life of a young teenager. She goes to the local movie theater (1 screen) and enjoys sports and hanging out with friends and family.
But what is really special about Sadie is what she is doing with her summer. You see, one of her hobbies is sewing. She uses her grandma’s sewing machine. Earlier this summer, she decided to design her own stuffed animals. She designed them completely on her own, without a pattern. There was a pig, an elephant, a bear and a cat. Each animal is different. Some have tutu’s some have different colored eyes, and pigs have different colored buttons as noses.
As soon as she made these, her mom realized how amazing they were and asked her if she wanted to make them for other people. In a split second, Sadie knew what she wanted to do.
She decided to make 50 stuffed animals as a summer project and then personally take them to Boston Children’s Hospital (an 8 hour drive!) and give them to the children there.
That’s a big project! Fortunately, the word got out around her town and one of the locals donated stuffing and material. Even so, her grandmother tells me that she often hears the sewing machine running late into the night and in the early morning hours. Undaunted by the magnitude of the task, she had 30 completed as of last weekend. Then she gave one away to a child she met who had lost her mother to brain cancer.
What is really amazing to me is the spirit that she embodies. She is working her entire summer on a project for other kids that she doesn’t know, just so she can bring a little bit of happiness to their lives. She is such an inspiration to me and I hope, to you too. If we could all have that same spirit of giving, the spirit of caring for others, the empathy for others going through a tough situation, this world would be a much better place,
So, Sadie, thanks for being that inspiration and for sharing your talent and your thoughtfulness.