Friday, March 8, 2013
Happy Birthday, Kris
While at Penn, she visited the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia weekly with her Newfoundland, Jesse. Here they are in the Halloween costumes I made for them to wear on one of their visits. Jesse doesn't look thrilled. She worked with a mobile veterinary program that spayed and neutered animals on Native American reservations. Veterinary school was difficult, as was being away from home. Many times had we said we're coming to get you, I think she would have left. But as much as we wanted to protect her, we had to stay away. She graduated with high honors.
Like a precious gem, Kris has had many facets. She manages to balance her hours at work with her love of her family. She spends much of her day off at the YMCA with her kids (at ages 5 and 2, they both can swim). In her life, she went comfortably from her camping clothes to a beautiful gown. She will leave her job and stop to care for an elderly woman's cats before coming home to her kids. And she does it all with ease and grace. I have always admired her determination. She has faced all the obstacles in her way head on and didn't quit until she had achieved her goals.
Happy Birthday, Kristin. You will always be one of my heroes.