Vivacious, ebullient, sparkling, high-spirited, bubbly, effervescent, big-hearted, sharp-witted, upbeat, passionate, and enthusiastic are just some of the adjectives that come to mind when I think of our part-time Care Specialist, Kris. We all look forward to Fridays because we are touched by her unequivocal, spirited presence and her laughter that echoes the hallways.
It is of no surprise to me that her mug is a “Happy” snoopy… did I mention that Kris is forever young?? It’s hard to believe she has been married for 23 years (she started early) and has two “spirited” young girls whom she homeschools (if nothing else impressed you thus far, that should!). Homeschooling, to me, is nothing short of a “brave” art!
So, let’s talk to her and see what she keeps in her Snoopy mug, shall we?
Hi Kris (we are already laughing), tell me about your mug and why you like it?
It’s a happy snoopy mug, it reminds me to appreciate the little things in life.
What’s in it?
Ha! (More laughter) The best RoC coffee, half & half and a little honey.
Tell me something about yourself that nobody else knows?
I met my husband at my ONLY Dungeons and Dragons game in 1994 she exerts as she looks down and blushes. (Awww... I love a good love story!)
What about him did you like?
He was older and CUTE!
“That’s deep,” I say, mocking her a bit.. she erupts in laughter, throws her hands up in the air while shrugging her shoulders and sings “I was seven-teeeen!”
Why do you like working at The Realm?
“Why DON'T I like working at the realm, would be a shorter question to answer”, she states. It is an amazing organization and we have an amazing CEO that does her best for us, and it trickles down from her, through us, and onto our clients. I feel so blessed!!
(She says all this at the speed of light, it’s not that I don’t know how to use punctuation.)
What unique gift do you bring to the world?
She chews her gum nervously then spews - “A sense of humor! I try to keep everything light and airy; I want to boost people up as there is enough negativity going around the world”
(I can attest to this statement as Kris’s mind goes a mile a minute and she never misses an opportunity to make a joke, strike a play on words or find the humor in ANYTHING! I also love that she laughs with all of her being!)
What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own/ed?
My sunglasses, they keep my hair out of my face aaaand… my RoC pendant; I put it on all my different jewelry pieces (She picks it up from the chain around her neck and holds it up for me to see). “It reminds me of the important job we do here” she beams.
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with no preparation?
Sheeeeez… a few things! I would talk about reading and checking labels; putting your opinions and beliefs where your money is (she is getting frustrated) just saying! “Don’t bring out my inner crunchy” she commands, resting her hands on her hips and shaking her head from side to side.
What quirks do you have?
This is going to be a looooong list! I don’t use shampoo or other conventional products! I am more “hippy” than most people think! She laughs!
(I share that I consider myself a “glamorous” hippy and we commune deeply at our sense to advocate for healthy ingredients in food and personal care items. We could easily talk about this all day but we don’t - we have ground to cover!)
What age do you want to live to?
100 duh! As long as I possibly can live! She gives it more thought and then boomed, “Fo-eh-vah!”
What do you wish your brain was better at doing?
Oh, Math! (Rolls her eyes) Teach me oh wise one.. (speaking of Joel, our engineer, mathematician, Jefe)
(Now, I laugh, as I have been tutored by him! Thus.. the Adult Dosing Calculator. I wish I were joking. :-( )
What is the title of the current chapter in your life?
‘Figuring it out’ and that has been the chapter for the last ten years! I have one chapter in my book! She jokes.
If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Johnny Depp, we have the same birthday; he is my birthday twin! Both Geminis! (We both take a moment to swoon as I happen to love the guy too... Umm.. nobody styles like Mr. Depp, I think to myself. Or... was that out loud?)
What do you like to spend your money on?
My girls! The monkeys! (She boasts!)
(I have met these “monkeys” and I can tell you they are her exact replica in spirit and otherwise - mischievously adorable!)
What is one of your favorite song lyrics?
“Ain’t nothing going to steal my joy” Old Church Choir
Who is it by?
Zach Williams (We take a break to listen to the song and within seconds we are swaying to the catchy beat)
What is the ONE thing your life is missing?
She looked down, suddenly deep in thought, then looked up at me with a sheepish smile and reported, “I can honestly say... nothing, I’m pretty happy; pretty blessed”.
There is so much sincerity in her words, that I believe her. Kris is as light as she is profound. She comes across perennially happy, nonetheless, her depth of emotion is grand. Her eyes fill with tears as easily as she jumps for the sky. She, like so many of us at The Realm, is an empath. We hire for skill, naturally, while understanding that “skill” can be learned, “heart”, on the other hand, cannot. It is the thread that binds us.
I pause as I imagine how much fun it would have been to be teenagers together. The expression on my face must have queued her to my traveling thoughts as we both looked at each other with coy, corner glances and we rejoice in laughter once more. Yep.. forever, exuberantly young.. that is Kris.