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    Mom Came for a Visit

    So, the first weekend in April, my Mom came from Cleveland for a visit. I was having my 45th birthday party and my Mom came to help us celebrate it. I wasn’t sure she was coming, and sure enough, she called to say something had come up and she couldn’t make it. But it was April Fool’s Day and she burst out laughing because she could hear my silence as disappointment. “April Fool! Of course I’m coming! I wouldn’t miss it!”

    Terry was with me at the time and said my face just dropped. Then I asked her for my headphones, which makes it easier for me to talk on the phone, and she heard my Mom shriek with laughter. She really got me!

    We had a wonderful visit. Complete with my birthday party at Lanzi’s On The Lake. We all had a delicious dinner and it was truly a great night. Do you remember my telling you that Terry and I have the same birthday? Her family came as well.

    My Mom and Herman had their usual gin tournament which lasted late into the night. They played cards both Friday and Saturday nights. We even went down to the beach on Saturday afternoon and they played cards there too. I’m not exactly sure who won the tournament, I think it was a draw. They are both very serious card players.

    When Herman’s grand children came over to play on Sunday afternoon, my Mom had to run down to Wal-Mart first to buy them each a gift. For Herman’s granddaughter, Katey, she bought her an adorable Cinderella doll and for his grandson Corey, she bought an etch-a-sketch and a glove with a nerf baseball. Both gifts were a big hit. She also got Katey a purse. Herman put a few coins in the purse to start Katey off, and they played for hours.

    Corey played this game where he was on the couch hiding under a floatation mat and he’d play “go fish” with my Mom. What this entailed was a string attached to a piece of wood which he would hang over the couch and my Mom would attach clothespins as “fish” for him to catch.

    It was really neat seeing my Mom interact with the kids. It was obvious that she really likes to play with young children.

    So this basically rounded off the weekend. I talked my Mom into staying through Sunday night, which was not in her original plan. But she did it as an extra gift to me.


    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