Friday, April 5, 2013

The Catherine

My Grandma Klostermann had some signature facial expressions. She also had some signature phrases and some strong opinions, but we won't get into those right now.

No, for now, let's talk about her expressions. Specifically the one that my mom, sister and I refer to as "The Catherine." Which just happens to be what Mary Clare is flawlessly executing in this photo.

The tilt of the head, the slightly raised eyebrows, the pursed lips and the slight nod that says, "I may look surprised, but make no mistake about it, I'm not surprised. And I'm pretty sure that what you're saying is wrong. But instead of coming out and telling you that you're wrong, I'm just going to make this face and nod my head like I'm agreeing with you. But we both know that I'm not. Because hello, look at my face. This is not the face of someone who thinks you are even the slightest bit right."

Yes. One expression said all that. And Mary Clare has it down pat. And dammit if it doesn't make me love her even more. Even if I am usually the one on the receiving end.


  1. That look makes me smile.....watching these girls grow up is hilarious and terrifying at the same time.

    1. The sass can kill you sometimes, but oh, what would we do without it?


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