Happy New 02 To You!
hardly believe that its the New Year already. It just
seems that time continues to move so quickly, dont you
think? I can specifically remember being totally blown away
when the year 2000 happened, and now its 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 dont think that could really be it
because I never really seem to grow up!
it comes to numbers, as I often tell Herman, Im 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.
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 dont consider being forthright as being rude.
I do it myself all the time. I often say to people, "Youll
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.
always one to ask the question that remains unsaid in others
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 agendas with me. Theres a very short
distance between my thoughts and my mouth. I think people
sense this and realize there are no ulterior motives.
being seven! My New Years resolution is much the same
as its been for many years: approach every day with
the wonder and amazement of a young child. Its 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. Its
all right there on a canvas they paint in front of you. Seems
to me this is a simple way to live.
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"