Merry Christmas Everyone!
Let me just get the obvious out of the way. I know it’s
a big holiday for most of you and I hope you are having
a wonderful day.
Jewish kid growing up, I always imagined what it must
be like Christmas mornings in a non-Jewish household.
I thought everyone would get up early and open presents
in their pajamas. All the while, Mom was cooking a hot
even close, you guys? Herman tells me in his family the
tradition was to open presents on the night before. So
maybe it’s different in each home. Speaking of homes,
Herman just put up for sale the last vestige of the family
property that he grew up with. This is twenty years after
the passing of his parents.
first property that was sold was outside of Johnstown
where Herman grew up. It was part of the old farm that
Herman’s grandfather bought in 1916. Then the farmhouse
and surrounding acreage went. Previous to this, his father
had sold most of the farm to a developer who made a golf
course there, now called Fox Run.
Herman’s last piece of property is in Caroga Lake
where we lived before our new house was built on the East
Shore near Sherman’s Amusement Park. The old camp
was built in 1935 and Herman’s parents bought it
in 1949. It even came with a boat and furnishings, but
was a rustic, unfinished camp until I came in the picture.
I saw the dark, dingy, small rooms and clutter, I had
to make some changes. So one day while Herman was at work
and a carpenter friend was fixing the roof, I asked him
how the interior would look with the upstairs gutted and
cathedral ceilings. Well, it didn’t take long to
find out how much more open and bright the whole place
looked. So that’s what we did. (Of course, Herman
didn’t find out until it was too late to stop the
process. Luckily, he liked it too.)
it’s one thing to alter a property, and another
to sell it. Herman has mixed feelings about letting it
go, but let it go he must and we’ll be glad to have
someone there who really seems to appreciate the history
and ambience of the place. At least that’s what
we hope will happen.
time of year with the changing of the calendar upon us,
it’s good to think of change for the better. That’s
what I’m telling Herman anyway.
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