Confessions of a swimsuit collector

In the mail today I received my newest swimsuit, this time from J.C. Penney. This one is lime green with purple polka dots.

Herman rolls his eyes every time I talk about buying another swimsuit. He seems to think it’s possible to have too many swimsuits, but I know better than that.

As I write this to you, I am having my aide Christina do an actual count of said bathing suits. She has come up with a count of 29 suits. Herman says I can wear a different suit every sunny day without repeating. We’ll see about that.

Since I live in a bathing suit every day in the summer, actually from the end of May to September, I think it is perfectly appropriate that I have as many changes as possible.

And it’s not like I throw aside suits I’ve had for a long time. For instance, I have a tiger-striped suit I wore yesterday. It was originally a one-piece that I had altered to a two-piece bikini. I like it better as a two-piece, although Herman liked it as a one-piece.

To each his own. Actually, I did give away a couple of one-piece suits that I just didn’t wear anymore. One was a black Speedo and another was an overly fancy red suit with flowers that just didn’t quite suit me.

I’ve always had a lot of bathing suits, including two-piece bikinis. When I was a little girl swimming with my mom and sisters at Landerhaven Country Club in Cleveland, I was sure to have my mom buy me at least one new suit each summer. After all, you couldn’t show up there with the previous year’s suit.

My aide, Christina, said her daughter, Jo, also likes to collect bathing suits. She said Jo has 15 bathing suits and she’s only 4 years old. See, it’s not just me. (I could teach Jo a couple of things about buying bathing suits, but she’s off to a good start.)

Since I practically live exclusively in bathing suits in summer, I consider this an economical mode of dress. I’m barefoot and rarely even wear a T-shirt. Cooler days might find me in a tank top, but that’s rare.

So, if you happen to drive by our house this summer on a nice day, don’t be surprised to find me in one of my 29 bathing suits. Of course, by then, there may be 30.

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,