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    On Glasses and Swimsuits

    Have I told you guys I now have reading glasses? It makes me feel very grandmotherly. When I went to Williamson Optical for a checkup, Dr. Hammer deduced that I needed reading glasses. I of course fought him all the way and went home without glasses only to return to see him two months later when I couldn’t read my People Magazine. He already had written my eye prescription, so I didn’t need to get my eyes re-examined. I just had to find some cool looking specs.

    I brought my sunglasses with me, which are classic Ray Bans, because I wanted frames similar to that. What I wound up with are gold rimmed, oval shaped frames. They are the least offensive looking of all the styles I saw. They also go with all my outfits. But then, I only wear them when I’m home reading in the evening, so it isn’t like a lot of people will see me with them. But that’s not the point. I would know.

    The thing is, I dress to please myself, and not anyone else. Therefore, I dress the same if I’m alone as if I’m going out.

    My dearest friend, Jacques, who is sadly no longer with us, had a great concept. After I got dressed, I would look in the mirror and Jacques would always say, "Pretend the mirror is talking back to you. The outfit is (or is not) working for you. Either go ahead and leave home or change immediately."

    Jacques would always be the voice behind the mirror. And we often talked about what a wonderful invention such a mirror would be. Thankfully, I’ve always had good fashion sense, so I wouldn’t personally be in need of such a mirror. But plenty of people are and they are the ones who don’t realize it.

    My wardrobe in the summer is very simple. It’s only a bathing suit. If I have to go out, then it’s a tank top and shorts. I avoid wearing shoes whenever possible.

    Have I ever told you about my bathing suit collection? No kidding, I have about 2 dozen suits, mostly two piece (some with alternate tops with the same bottoms). Getting me dressed in the summer is simple. I’ve discussed it with my aide, Terry, who absolutely agrees with me. I’ve often asked her if she ever had a client like me before, where each day in the summer at least, involves spending the entire day on the beach or in the water. She responds the same each time I ask her. "As I’ve told you before, you are a unique client that way."

    And that answers my question. So, the bespeckled me is signing off. Have a great 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"