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Ally Helsel
Aug 16, 2023
In Share Your Memory
My family and I have had the honor and privelege of knowing the Wiseman family for almost 12 years now. Some of my very first encounters with Tessa were when I was a young and impressionable 6th grader. My parents recruited both Tessa and Taylor to babysit my little sister and I for a night while they were on a trip. From the minute she came into our home, Tessa exuded light, happiness, and just the right amount of silliness to keep my unruly sister and I entertained. It also helped that she walked in carrying the largest bag of gummy bears I have ever seen (it had to have at least been 5 pounds). We proceeded to run around the house all night catching gummy bears in our mouth, playing hide and seek, and showing off all our Barbies and toys to these super cool high school girls who wanted to hang out with us. The next morning, Tessa drove us to the pool and introduced us to her then favorite song "Hey Ya" by Outkast and proceeded to show us how to "shake it like a polaroid picture"!! I listened to that song for weeks on repeat after that day in the car with her. To this day, I still see her in the front seat shaking it and dancing like no one was watching every time I hear that song. I have many other fond memories of Tessa but that initial interaction still sticks in my mind and repeats like it was yesterday. Tessa made an impression on that little 6th grade girl, not by completing any big achievements or accomplishments, but just by taking the time to show us kindness, love, and just a little bit of goofiness. She was the most authentic person I had ever met and she taught me that no act of kindess, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
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