Days to 42
it is true! Its as if time has gone by without my knowing
it. Im not one to get all flipped out about age, as
I have told you before. Im still the "baby"
in my family and I must say that as my sisters and I grow
in age each year, I am glad to be the youngest. I remember
as a kid always wanting to not be the youngest sister. As
I watched my siblings grow older, I would always yearn to
be as big as them.
I continued to be the little sister who always got "hand-me-down"
clothing as the three of us continued to grow. I couldnt
wait until I was old enough where I could get my own new clothing.
What actually wound up happening was that I grew taller than
both of them. So I stopped getting pants from them, and finally
got to shop with Mom for me!
remember jeans that used to be called "whaler bells?"
They were very popular in the 70s. They also were "hip-huggers."
What I am finding interesting now is that this style seems
to be back in fashion. Except now, the trend seems to have
the real long legs dragging on the ground.
really odd to me that many of the things that were popular
back then seem to be making a comeback now. Do you remember
"earth shoes?" They were supposed to really help
with ones posture. I never went as far as buying a pair; they
simply just looked too weird. But I did get a pair of Dr.
Scholls sandals back then, I thought they were totally
cool. What was also very popular back then were Jack Purcell
tennis shoes. Do you remember them? They were the canvas ones
with a rubber tip with a blue stripe across the front.
I thought were very cool, but they were very expensive and
my parents said no. So what happened was a good friend of
mine gave me hers. The problem with that was the fact that
her feet were about two sizes smaller than my own. I tried
to wear them for something like five days, but the pain won
out and I gave them back.
my Mom asked me where I got them, I told her the truth. She
knew right away that the shoes would be too small, but I wanted
to prove a point. So I wore them for that whole week. When
Mom noticed that I wasnt wearing them any longer, she
asked me if I finally could admit that she was right and that
the shoes were too small. I sort of said "yeah"
but also added that I wasnt sure if I really liked them.
I didnt want Mom to be totally right. After all, I was
still the baby. And still am, no matter how old I get!
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"