Jay and I met at school when we were 14. We remained friends over the years and about a month after Joe was born, Jay brought him over to meet me. I shall always remember his sweet, cherubic face and his happy, contented smile and calm energy.
Each time I saw him as a baby and small child, Joe exhibited that same tranquil nature and quiet inner contentment. I saw the innocent, open-hearted child and I also sensed a wise old soul. With his sweet round face and sage expression, he reminded me of an oriental emperor. One day when Joe was still a very little boy, I said to Jay,”Doesn’t Joe look like an oriental emperor?” She smiled and paused only slightly before replying, “Yes. He does.” Thus, little Joe became ”O.E.”