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    Forty-four and Proud of it!

    Hey, you guys, tomorrow’s my 44th birthday. I can’t believe it as I still feel like a teenager. I remember when I turned 21. It was a momentous day. And now as I approach 44, it occurs to me that I don’t feel much different than I did then. However, I have a lot more life experience now than I did then.

    Of course, with age and experience comes responsibilities. I find myself on a couple of boards of organizations I never would have thought I’d be a part of.

    I find myself on a planning board and on the board of a youth organization. The idea of me helping plan where the next industrial park might go or whether or not a particular business should get the go ahead for building is really laughable at times. The youth organization board is also really fulfilling in that we help guide youth at risk or in need of adult direction to grow up responsibly and be a benefit to the community. Both boards are thus very important and give a lot of satisfaction.

    I have to say growing up I was neither very responsible nor a good planner. So being in the position of guiding others now kind of helps make up for my lacks back then. And at least I know what NOT to do.

    I remember when I came back from Europe in high school, I came back specifically to go to my senior prom. My dad came back with me, and I threw a huge pre-prom party, complete with my dad’s blessing. Now, this was in the days before SADD, MADD and all the other very good organizations. We did, however, all travel in limousines, so it didn’t matter.

    I remember thinking how cool it was to be dressed up and going on a date in a chauffeured limousine. I still have the pictures. I can’t believe how young I looked back then. Especially as I was trying to look so much older.

    It seems like we all try to look older when we’re younger and younger when we’re older. It’s like we’re all trying to be someplace else other than where we are. Through the years I’ve learned to appreciate the here and now. That’s all we really have anyway.

    So in thinking about my 44th birthday, I’m happy to be involved with more mature people and organizations. I’m not just acting my age now, I’m also helping to build the future. So what if once in awhile I revert to being a kid? It’s all part of life and I’m glad it’s part of mine.


    "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"