to the world, Katey!
some rather incredible news to tell you! Herman is a new grandfather
for the second time. This little angel was born on February
1st, 2002. Her name is Katey and she is just beautiful. You
know how some people say that all babies are beautiful? Well
that is simply not true! But this little girl truly is. She
already has a "big" brother who is all of two years
old. This reminds me of my Mom telling me how my older sister,
Debbie, reacted when told that she had a new baby sister that
was 3 years younger.
she said she was excited and very happy. Until she saw me.
Then, the true jealous energy of a bigger sister seeing a
new baby come home appeared. I can only imagine how unsettling
this must be for an older sibling. Think of all the inherent
excitement and how everybody is exclaiming, "oh how beautiful!"
Can you just think how an older brother or sister must feel?
I have always been the youngest of my sisters and Im
not sure I would have acted kindly toward a younger sibling.
and I were relatively close growing up, though there were
the usual sibling fighting. My Mom tells me that Debbie was
so "thrilled" to finally see me that she didnt
act like herself for a week. When I got old enough to sit
up she began to "lovingly" push me down. Mom tells
me it was just her way of acting out, but she made it quite
clear to Debbie that this behavior was unacceptable. And other
than usual sister stuff, we pretty much got along well as
we grew up.
sister, Linda, is 8 years my senior, so when I got older,
she had already moved out on her own. Looking back over the
years, it wasnt so bad being the youngest. I got to
see what was getting my older sisters in trouble and therefore
would be extra careful to not make the same mistakes. I thought
this plan was brilliant and would keep me out of trouble.
But then I began to create mistakes of my own! Thats
when everything began to backfire. See, I assumed I had my
Mom and Dad all figured out. Which brings me to my next point:
never assume anything about your mom and dad. They know more
and have been around longer, and chances are they tried to
pull the same stuff.
to the world, Katey. Life doesnt come with an instruction
manual. And if you turn out with a strong will and mind, which
I hope you will, it wouldnt matter anyway, because you
wont follow the rules.
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"