to Celebrate Every Day
are we getting closer to summer, May brings Sally (our new
kitten) to her first birthday on the 7th. Also, of course,
is Cinco de Mayo on the 5th. Ive always heard about
this holiday, but didnt really know what it is about.
to the Cinco de Mayo Website: "Cinco de Mayo is a date
of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities.
It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at
the Battle of Puebla. Although the Mexican army was eventually
defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to represent
a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory,
Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin
America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention.
Especially those from imperialist states bent on world conquest."
you have it. The Website is much more extensive and makes
the point that Cinco de Mayo was NOT the date of Mexican independence,
which was in 1810, 50 years earlier.
always on the lookout for celebrations. I have a birthday
and anniversary book and a perpetual calendar that I carefully
mark with any holidays and celebrations each month. The birthday
and anniversary book always helps me remember friends and
families birthdays. People always seem surprised when I call
to wish them happy birthday. Its not my great memory, its
has added to the surprise birthday wishes with his version
of the song "Happy Birthday" sung to the tune of
Dragnet (the old TV classic recently rejuvenated on Sunday
nights). I will herewith pass on to you the lyrics, so you
can sing it yourself on someones birthday:
birthday. Happy birthday. Sin and sorrow everywhere. Plague
and pestilence are here. Happy birthday." Thats
Hermans version of humor.
time I heard him sing it, I thought it was hilariously ominous.
Anytime I hear it since, I still think its funny. Its
best done with a deep baritone voice accentuating the "dum-de-DUM-dum"
theme of Dragnet. Think Lurch at your birthday party.
of you that dont know Lurch, he was a large, lumbering
Frankenstein type character on The Adams Family. I think he
was played by Fred Gwynn.
May, everyone. Happy first birthday to Sally, my adorable
new kitten. Happy Cinco de Mayo and remember to celebrate
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"