Whoever said, "Never work with children or animals," might have had Mason Deitcher in mind! The precocious three-and-a-half year old and his family are the ambassadors for this year's March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala. Photographer Jovarie and I visited their home one evening to do a profile for a To Your Health segment. Mom Tiffany, Dad Eric and Big Brother Zac were wonderful, but Mason was a one-man welcoming committee - and one who didn't want to sit still! The family loves Halloween - and Mason wanted to be sure we caught all the decorations! We settled in for the interview - and Mason decided it would be better to check out his bedroom! When I interviewed Tiffany, I had Mason crawl up on my lap and "take notes." I captured a few pictures to share some of these memorable moments. Truth be told, I didn't mind any of it one little bit! I had a blast - and it's all a reminder of the great work done by the doctors and nurses at Stormont-Vail's Neonatal Intensive Care and by organizations like the March of Dimes. Mason was born 11 weeks early, weighing in at 3.5 pounds. Today, he's a perfectly normal, extremely active child! The Deitchers will be at the Signature Chefs Gala Thursday, October 30th from 6 to 9 pm at the Ramada Inn in Downtown Topeka. You can join the effort to give all kids a healthy start in life. Tickets are $50 each or $80 for two. Visit www.marchofdimes.com/kansas to reserve yours.
Mason shows off one of his Halloween decorations. It played the Addams Family theme - not bad here, but when he kicked it in during the interview, mom had to hide it for a while!
Mason shows me the miniature pumpkins he picked up with his mom and brother - they'd been on the other side of the room!
Mason and I color.
Mason shows Photog Jovarie his room - and his coloring book stash!
Mason check out the microphone dad's wearing, while big brother Zac tries to hold back laughter!
Some of Mason's "notes" taken during our interview with mom.