1492: What Is It Like to Be Discovered? by Deborah Small

By Deborah Small

World-class paintings and poetry at the colonization of the Americas.

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Good Times Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 11, 1978, Josh was the kind of rambunctious youngster that people would notice on the street, in a restaurant, or in a shop. Even as a baby, Josh Jackson was a real cutup who loved being in the spotlight. And if he had to coo, giggle, and spit up all over himself to get the attention, that was just fine by him. Of course, being the handful that he was, Joshua was both the source of tremendous pleasure and great difficulty for his parents. No matter how much they tried to keep an eye on him, he would inevitably get into trouble.

Since she shared her son’s rapier wit, she could relate to his classroom plight. Understanding that he was a good person at heart, she resolved to give Josh the benefit of the doubt. In. effect, Josh’s bad behavior served to bring him and his mom closer together. The two would stay up late talking about the pressures of leading two lives. Josh was grateful for mother’s compassion and wisdom, and even tried to take her advice about curbing some of his wild classroom antics. While his film career helped to distract Josh from being a model student, girls were the real culprits.

She threw up her hands in resignation, rolled up her sleeves and set to work. If she couldn’t beat his resolve to act, she was going to do everything within her power to help him on the road to success. Now that he had his first acting credit, other jobs were quick to follow. His next role was for a commercial for Keebler’s potato chips. Beating out another bevy of talented actors, Josh was handpicked for the plum role. Fiona was pleased that her son would be getting paid handsomely for his work, but Josh didn’t care a whit about the money.

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