She's a smiling face and the hand that gives you your coffee. That may be all you know about Jackie Mazurek, half of the smiling Spoonholder duo.
Jackie has been working at Morningside College's coffee cafe for eight years. She's quiet and, as she puts it, naturally nervous.
"I've always kind of been that way," she says. Her trademark giggle follows the remark. She uses it like customized punctuation..
Before coming to Morningside she worked at a lumber store for thriteen years. She attended college in Missouri for only one semester, but that hasn't stopped her from creating greatness. Kind of like her son Joshua.
"I have a nine-year-old son." Her smile is a little wider than before and her giggle goes up another octave. "He's a blessing in my life."
That's what everyone says about their kids, right? They're blessings and sometimes unexpected. For Jackie, her son Joshua was the second biggest shock of her life. The first came when she was eighteen-years-old and was told she would never have children.
"It was sad in the beginning," she says. "But I was young and didn't needs kids then."
A couple years later things caught up to her and she realized, while attending family gatherings, she would never have children to bring. Her story didn't end there.
"My husband was forty-nine and already put three kids through school. I was forty-two and found out I was pregnant with Joshua... I was scared at first and I cried."
However, she collected herself with a smile and realized she was finally old enough to have kids and had years to gather enough time and patience.
Her dreams were to live her life with her husband and to be happy. Kids were never part of the plan. Although, after she saw her son for the first time she realized sometimes values and goals change.
Looking back Jackie says, "I wouldn't change a thing. Not one."