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    Five Days to 42

    Yes, it is true! It’s as if time has gone by without my knowing it. I’m not one to get all flipped out about age, as I have told you before. I’m 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.

    Instead I continued to be the little sister who always got "hand-me-down" clothing as the three of us continued to grow. I couldn’t 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!

    Do you 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.

    It seems 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. Scholl’s 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.

    Now those 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.

    When 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 wasn’t 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 wasn’t sure if I really liked them. I didn’t want Mom to be totally right. After all, I was still the baby. And still am, no matter how old I get!

    "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"