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March 18, 2013
Jesse's College Essay Personal Statement, Class of 2000

Not only are we surrounded by wonderful things in this world,but we have the most incredible array of emotions and thoughts to accompany us on our journey. Both of these things people sadly tend to forget, and often I feel it is because of this that people fall into holes which they can't get out of, holes where they feel it's a struggle to complete each day, holes where they can't keep it in an outward, comfortable place in their mind that we're living life on a big spinning ball surrounded with stars and planets and space that might even go on forever.
I live to made new realizations about life and what it contains. And I'm realizing that the awe of life is, for me, the most important thing there is to pay attention to. It's the first link in an ongoing chain that leads to the enjoyment of everyday existence, the ultimate well-being. To realize that life is an unceasingly amazing experience is the key to doing everything with enthusiasm. And enthusiasm comes from the core of the self, as the yearnings for a new experience come from the bottom of the heart.
We need to be aware of our motives to live. I think a lot about people who spend the day working at some kind of horrible monotonous job waiting for minutes to pass. And then I think about all the times I've sat in school under the fabricated florescent lights, a teacher who doesn't care droning out information to thirty four students who couldn't care less about what he has to say.To work....what is it for? To endure day after day of something you would have to be paid to spend your life doing?
Happiness, in the end. That seems one typical answer. But while people work now for happiness later, now is forgotten and happiness seems to fade further and further into the distant future.
I ask again: what is it for? To be able to enjoy life. But what a roundabout way, to put off enjoyment and suffer wasted days of indifference, waiting for peace to arrive only as life's last corners are turned...
Instincts of the heart, inner enthusiasms, the realization that life is so much more than we can ever take time to realize; these are the things I pay attention to as I try to glide through life as swiftly as I can, rather than trudge through its imperfections.
March 18, 2013
It probably comes as no surprise to you when I say that Jesse was one of my favorite, if not my favorite child, at the West Village Nursery School.
Jesse warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face when he entered the class. With his big round, wide eyes and serious expression Jesse would take his time to observe the 'lay of the land' before choosing a work area, often painting. Jesse was a child of depth, substance, kindness, curiosity and a little mystery which leads me to believe that he may have lived a long life in a short time.
My heart is with you. I cannot imagine your pain, loss and grief.
Mary Bassett, West Village Nursery School teacher
March 16, 2013
I know it's only the 14th, but it was this Thursday one year ago, the night of the AustinRox party, that I got the text from Charlie asking me to call.

This morning Dave Grohl gave a keynote address. During his narrative of the story of his life, he talked about how he "lost his voice" when Kurt Cobain took his life. Then he told the story of creating the Foo Fighters out of those ashes. I felt so close to Jesse today. Some people take 90 years to live their earthly life, some 70, some 50, some 30 - Jesse, some 27 - Kurt Cobain. But it is a life lived. We each have our own unique voice.

I will celebrate Jesse when i go to AustinRox tonight. Thinking of you all today and tomorrow and forever. Anne
March 15, 2013
Through the incredibly moving words of his family and friends we remember Jesse and continue to mourn his loss.
Ester
March 13, 2013
As the light of day lengthens, signally another earthly shift, it too becomes the symbol and the reminder of Jesse's passing. I remember with a heavy heart and memory of disbelief, but I also recall that day infused with love and warmth and crocuses popping through the earth. Every single time I walk through the door of 18F, there is a moment of pause and a recognition of remembering Jesse coming out of his room with a sweet engaging greeting. His physical presence has retreated, but he remains an ever-present loving member of one of the strongest, loving, genuine families I have ever known. Jesse is missed every time I walk through that door, each time I am honored to sit down for a home-cooked family meal over looking that corner of his city, when I'm walking on what must have been his well worn path on the sidewalk on 7th avenue. I think of Jesse and miss him often. He was so much more than he could ever imagine.

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