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    Shopping for Sunny Days

    Do you guys realize that in just 7 days from today we will be beginning the month of April? And from there we are just weeks from Memorial Day and the summer! I’m trying hard not to say that I can hardly wait, but the truth of the matter is I am pretty much foaming at the bit in anticipation of the warmer temperatures (never knew what foaming at the bit meant ‘till I met Herman).

    I must confess to you guys that while I was on an innocent shopping trip to Wal-Mart during the third week in February I found myself face to face with a rack of summer bathing suits. Now what was I supposed to do? Firstly, I have never purchased a bathing suit at a store like Wal-Mart. I am strictly a catalog only shopper and I already have at least a dozen bathing suits. But it was a very gray day here in Fulton County, New York and when I saw these bright orange bathing suits I found it nearly impossible to resist.

    I was in the store with Herman and his son. We had done a pretty extensive and uneventful shopping trip. And when the bathing suits pretty much threw themselves in my path, I felt like my fate was sealed.

    Herman sort of looked at me in almost disbelief that I was a. going to buy a bathing suit in an actual store and b. that store being Wal-Mart. Not that I’m a snob or anything, but I am pretty particular about when and where I will purchase a swimsuit. There is something simply so civilized with shopping by catalog in the privacy of my own home. But be that as it may, I simply looked at Herman meaningfully and asked him to give me five minutes to decide. See, Herman owns 2 (count ‘em) bathing suits and is absolutely convinced that no one needs more than that. So each time I purchased a new suit he kind of rolls his eyes.

    The thing is, as I have told you before, I will not be going to Florida this year, and I am finding it increasingly tedious waiting for the Florida-like weather to reach us here.

    I have been chasing the sun on any mild days, and mild to me is anything over freezing with bright sunshine. I don’t even mind the wind as long as the sun is shining in my face! And even if it is too cold outside I can chase the sunbeams through the windows of my house. But, again, it has to be really cold to keep me indoors.

    Something about the bright orange of this bathing suit and my keeping my goal of wearing it soon on the beach is going to have to suffice instead of my getting on a plane and finding the sun. It is simply a matter of weeks, maybe a month. ‘Till then I have the sun on my front deck and my bright orange bathing suit to keep me dreaming. Keep praying for spring.

    "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"