Introducing Hermanís Cousin Jennifer
Recently a cousin of Herman’s came to visit Caroga
Lake with her Grandmother and uncle. Jennifer is a really
sweet kid and I was lucky enough to meet her a few summers
ago and see her for a week or two each summer since.
She has a very caring spirit and will do
almost anything for me. This is saying a lot for a fifteen
year old girl. Since Terry is off all weekend, Jennifer
is happy to fill in for her and allow Herman to get away
for a quick bike ride or sail. She really loves to help
and one day hopes to be a nurse.
Jennifer is definitely cut out to help people.
She seems to like nothing better than to accommodate other’s
wishes and make sure they are taken care of. She has a
ready smile and is very upbeat in her attitude. She also
has a can-do attitude that makes her think she can do
Though she isn’t my cousin per se,
she calls me cousin by association with Herman and I’m
happy to call her cousin too. She seems more like family
than acquaintance anyway. I asked her and Herman one day
exactly how they were related, and Herman tells me that
her grandmother and his mother were cousins. So Jennifer
promptly replied that made her and Herman third cousins
Now this kind of relationship is way too
technical for me. Twice removed? Where’d they remove
to? Anyway, that’s what I’m told, and I’ve
seen how even third cousins can be closer than supposedly
close relations sometimes.
So I’m very glad to know Jennifer and
I’ve found out a lot of neat stuff about her. For
instance, she has a boyfriend named Phillip who lives
in England and they communicate by email. Also, she likes
to ride horses, which she has in common with Terry’s
daughter, Jamie. In fact, they are going horse back riding
one weekend together.
They both went to the Johnstown Block Party
with Terry and I a few Friday nights ago and seemed to
get along great as they hung out together. I also saw
Terry’s niece Evie at the party, who calls Terry
grandma to my great delight. This kid is really adorable
and almost makes me rethink the whole idea of having kids.
Almost, but not quite. I enjoy other peoples’ kids,
but I also like when they leave to go home.
So, thank you to Jennifer for all her help
and friendship. You’re welcome here anytime.
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