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    Happy New 02 To You!

    I can hardly believe that it’s the New Year already. It just seems that time continues to move so quickly, don’t you think? I can specifically remember being totally blown away when the year 2000 happened, and now it’s two years later already. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I continue to gain one year in age each time the calendar turns over. But I really don’t think that could really be it because I never really seem to grow up!

    When it comes to numbers, as I often tell Herman, I’m really seven. This is why I think children relate to me. Even when I was still walking, a small child would approach me, say in a grocery store, and sort of look up at me wondering, "Hey, how did you get in a body that big?" This exact analogy comes to you from my friend Dana in Los Angeles, who was always amazed that children would stop in their tracks and realize a kindred spirit. And it really is true.

    When I speak to a small child, I never speak down to them. In other words, I speak to them on an equal level. Which is what I think children respond to most. My being in a wheelchair now, adds even more intrigue to children in that it literally puts me closer to being on their level. Often in a grocery store, kids will look at me in amazement and say, "Wow, why do you get to travel on wheels?" This is usually when the mommies hold the child away and admonish them not to be rude. I don’t consider being forthright as being rude. I do it myself all the time. I often say to people, "You’ll never walk away from me wondering; ‘I wonder what she was thinking?’" This is why I know the child within me is alive and well.

    I’m always one to ask the question that remains unsaid in other’s minds. I truly have no fear of offending people. And when I do ask what would be construed as an awkward question, I do so with the wonder and the innocence of a child. There are no hidden agenda’s with me. There’s a very short distance between my thoughts and my mouth. I think people sense this and realize there are no ulterior motives.

    I love being seven! My New Year’s resolution is much the same as it’s been for many years: approach every day with the wonder and amazement of a young child. It’s a great way to look at things. The great thing about being a kid, and you realize this as you are watching them, is they laugh with abandon, scream with their whole body, and even cry with their entire soul. Nothing is left to the imagination. It’s all right there on a canvas they paint in front of you. Seems to me this is a simple way to live.

    Happy New Year!

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"