It’s always a bit unnerving meeting/skyping with someone for the first time. Wondering if you’ll stutter, worried that your voice sounds as ridiculous to them as it does to yourself when you play it back on the recorder. But, seriously!!! What is it with these Matilda Jane girls??? It’s like every one of them is hand picked with care, for the sole purpose of making you feel at home. Making you feel like even if you did stutter or drool when you spoke, that you are amongst friends. The kind of friends you want to hold onto. This new addition is no different. Let me introduce you to Tracy Jackson-Wilson of Pascagoula, MS.
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
A: My name is Tracy Jackson-Wilson and I’m 34 years old. I’m married to Chad and have two daughters, Emma Kate who is 6 years old and Piper Jane, 3. I have a rescued pug named Pugsley (very original ;-)) and a cat who was also rescued, named Kiki Rodriguez. Not sure where they got that name. 😉
I’ve been a stay at home Mom for 7 years and before that I was a court reporter. I have 1 brother and 3 sisters (one of which is a twin sister). So, mom had 5 of us and we jokingly refer to ourselves as the “Jackson Five.”
Q: So, this is your first season with Matilda Jane. What made you apply for the job of a Trunk Keeper?
A: First, the amazing clothes. I fell in love during House of Clouds. Since I’ve always had a hard time getting my daughters to wear cute clothes it was a no brainer. Once we found MJ, it was never a problem getting them to wear it. It was like wearing their jammies. Nothing itchy/scratchy , everything was comfortable and cute at the same time.
Q: What do you look forward to most about your first season?
A: I’m really excited about meeting my Jane’s, my customers and creating relationships with them. I’m really looking forward to seeing the little girl’s faces when they try on something adorable or when they receive their fabulous packages. I’m excited to hear how much they love it.
Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: Hmmmm, let’s see……..Well, I’m from the coast and it was always really, really hot there, so I would say just about EVERY weekend we would head over to Biloxi to hang out at their water parks. I can remember the begging. “Just one more slide!!!!” Which always turned into 5 more for my parents. It’s funny to think about that now. These were the days before sunscreen and I am fairly fair, so I remember all of those AWFUL sunburns, but it was always so much fun for me.
Q: So, what do you hope your children remember most fondly about you when they are grown?
A: I guess that I was always there. You know, school functions, recitals etc. That’s something I never really thought about, but my Mom passed away when she was 50 and what I really remember is that she was ALWAYS there. She was always involved!! That’s how I want them to remember me.
Q: How long have you been married?
A: It will be 11 years in April.
Q: What is your husband’s best quality?
A: He is VERY patient. And I am not! (Laughing)
Q: Now if I were to ask him what your best quality is, what would he say?
A: Hmmm (laughing)……….Definitely not that I’m thrifty. That wouldn’t be it. (Pause) I would say, probably my sense of humor. We make each other laugh constantly. To us, everything can be turned into a joke.
Q: Describe your best day sans children. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but what would you do if you had a day ALL to yourself?
A: First, I would go running. Then I’d probably go buy a great book, rent a room at a Bed and Breakfast on the beach and just sit uninterrupted for hours. (Laughing, because we both know that some days all you need is a little peace and quiet. No touching, no questions, just a little “me time.”
Q: Do you have a favorite blog or website?
A: Yes!! I’m completely addicted to it and check it every day. www.tatertotsandjello.com. They have the cutest ideas. Crafting, printables and DIY’s. I just LOVE that blog!
Q: Favorite movie of all time.
A: Gone with the Wind
Q: Favorite book.
A: The Time Traveller’s Wife. The book was waaaaay better than the movie ever thought about being.
Q: So, you said that your husband wouldn’t describe you as “thrifty.” Tell me, if you were only allowed to splurge on one frivolous item, what would that be?
A: Definitely shoes!!! And I have passed on my love of shoes to my girls.
Q: One food you could not live without.
A: Carbs!!! I could not do Atkins. I get cranky and you do not want to be around me if I have not had my carbs. (laughing)
Q: Do you have an all-time favorite Matilda Jane piece?
A: Oh yes!! It’s the Piper Peasant Dress. My daughter’s name is Piper, so of course I had to have it. It is my all time favorite, and it will most likely be worn by my grandchildren. (laughing)
Tracy, here’s to a wonderfully “serendipitous” first season with Matilda Jane. The memories, the fun and the laughter; the beauty and the friendships made. You definitely fit right in!