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    Remember to Celebrate Every Day

    Not only 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. I’ve always heard about this holiday, but didn’t really know what it is about.

    According 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."

    And there 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.

    I’m 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, it’s the book.

    Herman 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 someone’s birthday:

    "Happy birthday. Happy birthday. Sin and sorrow everywhere. Plague and pestilence are here. Happy birthday." That’s Herman’s version of humor.

    The first time I heard him sing it, I thought it was hilariously ominous. Anytime I hear it since, I still think it’s funny. It’s best done with a deep baritone voice accentuating the "dum-de-DUM-dum" theme of Dragnet. Think Lurch at your birthday party.

    For those of you that don’t know Lurch, he was a large, lumbering Frankenstein type character on The Adams Family. I think he was played by Fred Gwynn.

    So happy May, everyone. Happy first birthday to Sally, my adorable new kitten. Happy Cinco de Mayo and remember to celebrate every day.

    "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"