Surprise gift reaffirms friendship

I got a surprise birthday gift in the mail from an old friend in California.

Mrs. Mosbarger (actually the mother of a former boyfriend) has stayed very much in touch over the years. I knew of her talents with textile design, but this gift was the first time I experienced her artistry first-hand.

Mrs. Mosbarger has been an avid seamstress for many years, but this is the first time I found myself being the recipient of such personalized beauty. The tapestry she gave me has a picture of my dog Oscar on it with the saying, “Home is where the dog is,” with Oscar’s name on the dog house. I was both surprised and moved by this beautiful gift and the thought that went into it.

I have it hanging in my hallway opposite my bathroom doorway. I wanted to make sure I could see it every day. No matter if I’m going to the front or back of my house, I’ll be sure to see it. I also include a photo Herman took of the tapestry lying across me, with Oscar next to me.

I’m so blown away by the work she did for me in the tapestry. I find myself speaking about it with a tear in my eye because she was so special to me, and still is. I’m glad the feeling is mutual from her. She also signed the back of the tapestry, “Mrs. M and Rosie” (which is her dog).

The Mosbargers live in Fillmore, Calif., a beautiful community about a half-hour north of Los Angeles. When I was dating their son, Dana, we used to travel there on the weekends so Dana could play golf with his dad.

I remember her making us some delicious aebleskivers, a traditional Danish dessert similar to doughnut holes. I liked them so much I had her give me a recipe for them that uses a traditional cast-iron pan. Since I’m not much of a cook, I had Herman make them a couple times for me.

I’m so glad others share their cooking and sewing skills with me, since I’m not much on homemaking.

As Herman likes to joke: “What do Jewish wives make for dinner? Reservations!”

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website,