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    Welcome to the world, Katey!

    I have 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.

    Evidently, 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 I’m not sure I would have acted kindly toward a younger sibling.

    My sisters 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 didn’t 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.

    My eldest 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 wasn’t 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! That’s 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.

    So, welcome to the world, Katey. Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. And if you turn out with a strong will and mind, which I hope you will, it wouldn’t matter anyway, because you won’t follow the rules.

    "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"