And Now Linda Came To Visit
So my eldest sister, Linda, came to visit
just a few weeks after Mom came. It was really neat having
her here and Im glad the weather behaved. She was here
the first weekend in August and she came by plane. It was
only a thirty-five minute flight from her airport in Long
Island as opposed to a six hour drive.
She came solo, but promises to come back with
her husband and two kids. She was really taken with the beauty
of the lake and the beach. Each evening we sat out on the
front deck and she was impressed with the peace and tranquility.
We were joined as we sat out there with a rather large frog.
Herman was quick to correct me and informed us both, it was
a toad. Which to me, is the same thing. They are green and
weird looking no matter what their names.
The toad was very still as he sat there staring
at us. So much so that Linda asked if it was real. Herman
replied it was made out of rubber, to see if she would pick
it up. Which she started to, but then jumped back when it
moved. She waited a few moments and then actually picked it
up, at which point the toad started squirming and she immediately
put it down. Just a little Caroga Lake entertainment that
she can go back to Long Island and talk about.
When I originally talked to her, she said
she was bringing pants. I told her, absolutely not, wed
be spending most of the day on the beach or in the water.
Evidently she didnt believe me as her suitcase was packed
full of pants and tops. I greeted her each morning in a bathing
suit, and in answer to her question, "What are we doing
today?" I pointed towards the lake and told her to grab
a towel and off we went.
By Sunday she admitted she had packed absolutely
wrong and that the next time she comes, she would bring shorts
and T-shirts only as I had asked. I dont think she really
believed that I spent all day every day on the beach or in
the water. But now she does.
Mission accomplished. As she kept saying all
weekend, "This is the life!" Whether we were sunning
on the beach, floating in the water or sailing in our boat,
she finally did relax into the Caroga way. I gotta tell you,
she refused to put sun block on that first day, but as she
woke up bright red the next morning, she was convinced that
sunblock was the way to go.
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"