Stories from Cleveland
While Herman and I were in Cleveland we were telling
my Mom how Terry really tries to reign in my shopping.
Terry’s pretty adamant about certain things. One
of her biggest requests is that I don’t buy anymore
turtlenecks. I honestly think I have about 50, but as
Terry is typing this for me she sort of rolled her eyes
and said “I’ll go count.”
just came back to the computer and tells me I have 40!
Now back to my Mom. She basically said “Whatever
Kathy wants Kathy should have.” She refuses to call
me Kathryn saying she carried me for 9 months and it is
her prerogative. I guess that makes sense.
and Herman had their annual gin tournament. And it seemed
to go on for hours. The scores were so close and I could
see each of them getting very frustrated. It was kind
of neat for me because I got to see both of their hands
as they played. Amazingly I kept my mouth shut about their
hands. I think Mom won by about 10 points, but she maintains
that Herman really won because he pointed out a mistake
of the visit we just sat around talking. One of my dearest
friends from High School came to visit on Friday after
Thanksgiving with his wife and two young children. The
kids are 3 ½ and 1 ½ and boy, they really
are a handful. But Danny and his wife Kelly are great
parents. The first thing Danny did when he came in was
remove all the valuables from my Mom’s glass coffee
table which is child height.
has a mesh basket full of kids toys and Jake and Leo went
after them full force. It’s amazing to me how kids
never seem to tire out. Terry tells me her daughter Jamie
was the same way when she was a kid. She’s now a
senior in High School, and she’s still running around.
had a beautiful cutting from a philodendron sitting in
water on her kitchen table. I knew as soon as I saw it
I had to have it. So along with a lot of leftovers we
brought the plant back home with us. It survived the trip
well. Keep in mind Mom kept the cuttings in the same vase
and placed the vase in a plastic bag. As only a Mom can
newest idea is to lay all of my turtlenecks out on top
of the bed and send a digital picture to my Mom. I’m
seriously considering it.
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