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    Happy Birthday One and All

    Sam, my adorable feline, or I should say one of them, had his ninth birthday on April 6th. (A picture of Sam can be seen on my web site). I wanted to somehow give him a party and Terry had a great idea. She suggested I have tuna fish for lunch. After she made my sandwich, she took the extra tuna fish without mayonnaise and gave some to Sam as well as to Sally.

    Terry explained to me that when you go to a child’s birthday party and there are other small children there, you have to give them each a present. The same goes for animals. They just don’t understand why they are being left out.

    So as I was having my tuna fish sandwich, Sam and Sally were quietly munching on their own tuna. I can’t believe that some people don’t know the birthdays of their pets. Moxie, my adorable Dalmatian, was born on September 7, 1996. And Sally, our youngest member of the family, was born on May 7th, 2002. So she just had a birthday too. I didn’t throw her a party, but as an afterthought I think I might.

    Herman just asked me what Moxie got at the birthday party. She got the leftover tuna juice in the same way she often gets to lick off our scraps after a meal. This is pretty much routine for her, but not for the cats, so we had to do something special for them.

    I just had a birthday April 12th. If you can believe it (I can’t) I turned 45. Does that mean I have to start acting like an adult? Boy, I hope not!

    Terry also had a birthday the same day. She turned 43, so you could say I’m the older “sister” of the two of us. We actually have been mistaken for sisters before. We both think this is hilarious.

    It’s amazing the conclusions people jump to. Somebody stopped by our house the other day to ask directions and wondered if our house was a restaurant. This is the second time the subject has come up from a complete stranger, so there must be something about our glass fronted beach location that brings that to mind. But no, it’s just a lake house with a good view.

    I was on the beach the other day, or should I say the deck on our beach, since the sand was too wet to drive onto with my chair. It looked like a mini tsunami had hit with all the branches and driftwood washed up on the beach from the spring rains and winter thaw. I couldn’t even have Terry rake the beach, because it was too wet. But it’s a sign of spring, as are the birthdays of Sam, myself and Sally. Here’s wishing you all many happy birthdays to come from our beach house (not a restaurant!)


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com