and Proud of it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"