By Renee Williams, Photo Credit: John Harpring

Jessica Parkes

Jessica Parkes, 50, is a small business owner married to Chris Parkes who currently works in Nuclear Power Operations and retired from the U. S. Navy. Jessica and Chris have one son, Zachary (22) who is active duty Navy, a daughter-in-law, Anna and a daughter, Alexis (17) who is a senior in high school and recently admitted early to the University of Georgia for Fall of 2018.

The family has two pets: Einstein, the smartest poodle on the planet and Forrest Gump, a small Jack Russell with a huge attitude. Jessica’s volunteer work and affiliations includes Victim Advocate and working in therapeutic foster homes for extremely challenged youth. Jessica also serves as Treasure on the Homeowner’s Association in her neighborhood and is a partner with J2J Reimagined and teaches people how to paint and re-purpose furniture using Dixie Belle Paint.

One word you would use to describe yourself: Creative.

If you could have any job, what would you choose?  I would choose to write policy for Social Services and try to better help abused and neglected children in the state’s custody.

What quality do you most admire the most? Honesty, without this quality it is not possible to possess integrity.

What’s your favorite food? Sushi, I could eat it every day!

Dream vacation? An Alaskan cruise.

Favorite place to take the kids? Since my children are pretty much grown, I really enjoy a nice meal at a great restaurant.

If you had a super power, what would it be? My super power would be healing. I would abolish cancer, especially in children.

Favorite TV show: My daughter and I are addicted to Grey’s Anatomy.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I desperately wanted to be a lawyer.

Hobbies? I really enjoy scrap booking and photography.

Is there an important life lesson you’ve learned? I lost my mom very unexpectedly in 2011. Over the past 6 and half years, I have truly learned the value a mother plays in the lives of her children. This loss taught me the necessity of treasuring today because we are not guaranteed tomorrow.

What would surprise people about you? I think people who are close to me would be surprised to learn that most times my bedroom looks like it belongs to a teenager. As organized as I am in just about every room of my home, my bedroom doesn’t seem to reap the benefits of my organization.

Best thing about being a mom? The best thing about being a mom is seeing your children happy and successful.

Hardest part about being a mom? The hardest part of being a mom is “letting go.” Your job as a mom is to raise honest, hardworking, independent and successful adults. Then you have to let them go so they can find their way.

Favorite indulgence? Hershey’s Milk Chocolate

This article appears in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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