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    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 most anything.

    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 twice removed.

    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