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    Take Advantage of Your Opportunities

    Okay, it’s getting serious now. This is the last Sunday in October and I’m dreading what’s coming next. Don’t get me wrong, as I’ve told you many times, I love all the seasons, it’s just that heading into winter reminds me that shorter days are coming, and the inevitable "S" word.

    I remember as a kid loving the snow, sledding, ice skating and skiing. Because there are no ski mountains in Ohio, I distinctly remember getting up at the crack of dawn and driving to western New York to find some slopes. A favorite place of ours was called Peak ‘N Peak. I remember driving through snowstorms in great anticipation of a day spent on the slopes.

    I also went to Mount Snow in Vermont and was lucky enough to travel to the Swiss Alps with my family. We never skied the Swiss Alps, but it was overwhelming seeing them. We did get to ski in Colorado, which was great fun. I specifically remember getting into a hot tub that was outside and jumping in the snow afterwards.

    As far as traveling in the United States, my parents felt that we should see Europe with them while we were still children. Therefore, all our vacations were spent overseas, not in the United States. I remember being so jealous of my friends who went to Disneyland while I was forced to go to Paris. Thank goodness I have those memories. I didn’t stay jealous of my friends and I did really enjoy the European culture. But that was all in hindsight.

    Imagine being twelve years old and all your peers are doing very American vacations while I was being shipped abroad. I remember in my senior year of high school we were traveling through Europe and I talked my dad into letting me come home early so I wouldn’t miss my senior prom. Those things are really important to kids. At least they were to me.

    I remember flying home while the rest of my family, with the exception of my dad, stayed in Europe. I threw a huge pre-prom party with my dad trying desperately to chaperone me and my guests. The plan was, I wasn’t going to tell my mom about the party. Unfortunately all the neighbors saw all of us dressed up with limousines lined up on the block. So there was no secret to be had.

    Am I glad I came back from Europe to go to my senior prom? I think back then I was. But when I think of it today, I realize I wasted some opportunities. In the same vein, you only have one senior prom…

    "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"