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    Spring, Not Just Flu in the Air

    There seemed to be a lot of flu going around this spring. Herman’s son, Herman Junior, was down with the flu one weekend, so we didn’t get to see him as Herman normally takes him for a visit on Sunday afternoon.

    Herman Junior lives in a group home for developmentally delayed adults. He is actually autistic and excels at some activities like playing a keyboard, but is a bit short on conversation. He pretty much plays anything by request.

    Herman first came to know of his keyboard talents when he was just three years old and mimicking his older sister’s piano practice. He just got up to the piano and played and has enjoyed doing so ever since. It is really unexplainable.

    Besides having Herman Junior up for a visit, our new friend Katy, who is in process of buying our former abode, known as “the camp,” and doing some fixing and redecorating will often be bringing Taco Bell goodies back from her trek to Amsterdam’s Home Depot. She wondered if we wanted anything from the hardware store and all we thought of was its proximity to Taco Bell.

    I’m really going to miss Katy’s travels up from Albany when she would stop and get us Taco Bell on the way. But her sister Donna has promised to pick up the slack after Katy moves up here to Caroga Lake permanently. Donna still lives down in Schenectady and will be coming up frequently to visit Katy when she is up here.

    Katy absolutely loves the area and that is just what Herman wanted for a new owner at the camp. Since he goes back to 1949 at the camp, when his folks first bought the camp, he has many fond memories of the place and wanted the new owner to have as good an experience.

    As I’m looking out the window at the lake, it seems only a few days ago I saw all this snow blowing across the lake at us.  I must say it didn’t feel very spring-like then.

    There had been a few signs earlier.  I remember the day Herman saw a flock of Canadian Geese flying north and then there had been reports of robins and other migrating birds showing up in people’s yards.

    So I guess at times we just need a little faith. Because after April showers come the flowers, and after flu season you’ll find me on the beach.

    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