Monday, April 6, 2009
#157 The Happy-Go-Lucky Life of Jill Cary
Jill Cary (Jillian to her parents) was born in Pembury, Kent, UK. Her parents split up when she was 5 and, after that, she lived with her mother and her sister, Fiona, which made them very close. Jill used to visit her father, stepmother, Eve, and three half-sisters (Jen, Carol and Sarah) every other Sunday. She still wonders how her life would have been different if her parents hadn’t divorced, but is glad she gained three more sisters. Her mother found a new partner, David, when Jill was about 8 and they moved to a new house when she was 13. Jill had a happy childhood living in Matfield and the memories get happier the older she gets. She went to Brenchley and Matfield Primary School where she met friends who she is still really close to some 20-odd years later. Not knowing what to do after school, Jill applied for lots of different jobs and got hired at El Parido because they knew she had print in her blood. Her father was a printer and Jill is a graphic designer (like her sister) and does a little web design. In 1998, Jill met Tom in a Cornwall nightclub called Berties. She was 18 and working; Tom was 17 and still in school. They had a holiday romance, swapped addresses, and then both went to their different homes. They had a long distance romance for about a year—letters and phone calls, visiting each other once or twice a month—until Tom moved to live nearby Jill. Later, they moved in together, and, in 2002, they bought their first house. In 2003, they got engaged, and then, in 2006, they got married, at Salomons—a lovely day that even the rain couldn’t ruin. They honeymooned in Australia and New Zealand—a dream of Jill’s that Tom surprised her with on the Valentine’s Day before their wedding. One of the strangest things that has happened to Jill happened one night when she woke bolt upright at 3am and felt as if she should say goodbye to her grandfather. Later, she found out that 3am was the time he died. There were so many wonderful people at her grandfather’s funeral who had such nice things to say about him that it inspires Jill to be just like him—kind and funny, which she very much is. Now it’s 2 years later and Jill and Tom are even more in love than they were when they got married. At work, Blaze, she’s very happy with her promotion to assistant studio manager. At home, she’s looking forward to starting a family with Tom, though it's really not happening as fast as they'd like. Still, Jillian is smiley, which matches her happy-go-lucky life.