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    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.”

    So she 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.

    Mom 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 to her.

    Most 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.

    My Mom 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.

    Mom 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 do.

    Terry’s 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