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    Bird Singing Blues

    I can hardly believe that it's finally June! All I can say is that this had better turn out to be an incredible summer because I have purchased an additional three bathing suits to my already vast collection. As I have told you in the past, this bathing suit "addiction" brings Herman endless material with which to use as ammunition whenever I complain about money. And I think it's a reasonable complaint in that he is always buying something that is rather expensive for his motorcycle.

    So I feel pretty confident and justified that the three bathing suits bought are certainly less money than even just one motorcycle part. In fact, I'm thinking that I have even more credit due me and have decided as of this writing to get two additional bottoms for the tops I have. After all, a bathing suit is my main wardrobe in the summer. That and no shoes. Not even sandals. Because I like to feel the sand between my toes when I'm on the beach.

    With the warmer weather, I have noticed that our bird feeders are completely packed at all hours of the day and evening. I've even gotten used to the sounds of the birds singing in the morning. There is one bird, though, that has a five-note song and it has come to my attention that he's now down to three notes. I'm thinking the bird bullies all ganged up on him and told him the song was getting pretty monotonous, and to please take it down to just two or three notes.

    I can't really tell which bird it was or is that is singing, but I can tell you that whatever admonishment he got, it certainly seems to have hit home with him because that bird is not singing as long anymore. When I discussed this with Herman, he just kind of rolled his eyes and wondered what my point was. I explained to him that I thought this particular bird in my mind was taken to task for it's independence. Herman just replied that he wasn't sure there was a pecking order with birds that applied to singing, and he further wondered where my imagination came up with such a scenario.

    He finally did explain that the male birds tend to have the more vibrant colors, though he wasn't sure which of the birds were more likely to sing. I took my cue from this and immediately went to an online bathing suit store to buy some vibrant colors of my own in bathing suits. Herman is still shaking his head at how I tied the vibrant bird colors into my having to go bathing suit shopping. The male birds might have the most vibrant colors and even the last note in singing, but not in this household!

    "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"