Thursday, January 8, 2009

Miss Heather Grace Krauss

Here is my daughter Heather, pictured on New Year's Eve (next to my $8.50 x-mas tree I got from Flower Factory, and yes, I know it looks very Charlie Brownish).

In the TV shows I used to watch when my kids were toddlers, one of the songs went something like "one of these things is not like the other..." and you had to guess what it was.

Well if you looked at our family, I guess you'd have to say Heather is not like the others.

For one thing, she's thin. She was home for winter break and kept a diary of everything she ate. What she ate was mostly low fat soup and no-fat cheese. Who eats no-fat cheese? No one in our house, except Heather! It took me twice as long to buy food at the grocery store when she was home as I had to look for things I never bought for the rest of our family (and never will again). The no fat milk got tossed as soon as Heather went back to school.

When Heather was in high school, she was captain of the varsity girls' basketball team. When I was in high school, they had intramural teams, and 5 of us friends who were equally inept formed a team. I am kind of embarrassed to admit that we had a record of straight losses. Never won a game. And actually never even expected to win a game!

Heather is artistic. She can draw beautifully. She did not inherit that talent from me, but probably from my mother.

Heather has these small graceful fingers. David and Joe have the biggest hands I've ever seen in my life.

I think of myself as being a logical person. I don't know that you could say the same about Heather. She's kind of out there sometimes. I very much look forward to seeing her finish college, start a career, and navigate the basic skills of living - getting her own place, washing her own dishes and clothes. Especially washing her own dishes! I can't wait to see that.

I recognize that sameness can be boring, so it is kind of fun watching this person who didn't seem to inherit much from us, other than her dislike of housework, her sense of humor (and her wonderful laugh). That is one of the reasons I am so happy to see Heather in our family, with all her differences.

(By the way, is anyone out there looking for a cute summer intern who is majoring in business?)


Mich said...

She is very pretty. Gotta love those long OU winter breaks!!

Sharon said...

First of all, what a nice picture of Heather! And I love the tree, as I love most things from Flower Factory.

I had to laugh when I read the paragraph about food. As you know, as soon as a certain someone in our family decided to lose weight (and successfully lost 30 pounds!), I was suddenly in charge of keeping healthy foods around the house - foods that I never would have thought of having - and some that I never knew existed! I have just recently been asked to buy low fat soup! Maybe she learned about it from Heather!

Of course we are all glad to have Heather in the family, although she is a little thin and makes some of us feel a little, well, big.

Jeanie said...

This is a fabulous photo of Heather. Very nice! Greg is our food nut -- he decided organic was better (which I don't argue with) but like everyone who becomes a fanatic, is pretty hard to buy for. Last night we had chili and he ate it (with meat, no less). So, he's not so fanatic as to turn down a good meal. But he's the no-fat, careful eater (far more like Rick than he is like his brother!)

Looking at this post and the one after, maybe David has a recessive art gene, and she got it not only from your mom but through the Leatherman's a wee bit -- Patty, for sure has it, and I don't think it came from the Krauss side!

(And I'm glad Heather's part of the family, too! Maybe I should add in a can of low-fat soup before I pack up her Christmas box!)

JessInFocus said...

Wow. If only I could be dedicated to a diet enough to eat no fat cheese. Ugh. I settle for 2%. She does look great though. Isn't it funny how different family can be!?