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    Thinking about Momís on Motherís Day

    First of all let me get the obvious out of the way. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there.

    I knew from an early age that it wasn’t in the cards for me to have children.

    I’m talking, I knew this even in grade school. I just never had a strong desire to procreate. That is not to say I don’t respect the job of motherhood, as I know it can be very trying at best.

    Recently there have been a bunch of well-known moms in the news.

    The first that comes to mind is Angelina Jolie. She has adopted kids and she and Brad Pitt have one baby together. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax and Zahara, and a biological child, Shiloh. Jolie has promoted humanitarian causes throughout the world, and is noted for her work with refugees through the United Nations. One child is from Ethiopia, one from Cambodia and one from Viet Nam. Boy, that will give her stories to tell for years to come.

    I’ve also read in numerous magazines that my old pal Julia Roberts and her husband, cameraman Danny Moder, have twins.

    According to Wikipedia, Roberts met her current husband, cinematographer Danny Moder, on the set of her movie The Mexican in 2000. He was already married to Vera Steinberg Moder, but they eventually divorced. Roberts and Moder were married on Fourth of July, 2002, at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico. On November 28, 2004, they became the parents of fraternal twins, daughter Hazel Patricia and son Phinnaeus Walter, and they are expecting their third child in July.

    When I knew Julia she had a rash of bad boyfriends ending with Kiefer Sutherland, who she was going to marry until she found out about his infidelities.

    And of course there is the not-to-be-topped saga of Anna Nicole Smith and her daughter. With the hoopla over the paternity of Smith’s daughter after her death, one can only wonder what the child’s life will be like. And let’s not forget that Anna’s adult son Daniel died just before she did. Perhaps the depression she is said to have suffered had a lot to do with his death.

    So, motherhood seems more complicated these days. I get a lot of visitation from my aide Kelly’s two young daughters Kira and Alexis, 6 and 8 respectively, as well as her grandson Sean who is about 10. I love it when they are in the house and also love it when they go home. Keep in mind that I like a very quiet house. My cats aren’t used to being around kids, so they aren’t too pleased.

    So for all you moms out there, congratulations and best wishes. I’m just glad that if you come to visit with your kids you’ll be taking them with you when you go home.


    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