The realization that Mother's Day is close hit me the moment I triedto lift the Sunday Sun last week and 211 glossy ads for jewelry, perfume and bizarre kitchen appliances fell to the floor.
It was obviously time to start thinking about gifts. What was a big hit last year? The year before? Were any of my gifts ever a big hit?
With my dismal record in gift giving to guide me, I have made a list of gifts to avoid giving mom:
1. Never give something from Home Shopping Network. Eventually she will be watching the show and theywill be selling the same item for $1.78 during a Barg-a-thon.
2. Never give furniture that is sold on the corner of a Ritchie Highway gas station lot. It's not that it isn't very good quality, it's just that you'll never get out the smell of exhaust fumes.
3. Never give mom a humorous card on Mother's Day. She wants something touching and sentimental and big, preferably with a satin ribbon attached somehow. We're talking extra postage here. (You get more points for mailing the card than for just handing it to her when you see her Sunday. It shows that you thought about it in advance.)
As for me, I wouldlike the one gift that my mother requested every year and never received -- an entire day when my sons are quiet and kind and gentle to one another.
Or maybe a car.
Throughout Glen Burnie this week there is an abundance of spring fairs and flower sales to help with your last-minute shopping.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the carnival grounds behind the Glen Burnie Improvement Association building will be the site of St. Alban's Church Annual Spring Festival andClassic Car Show.
Robert Anderson and Nelson Cross have been working on the fair since last fall. The car show, sponsored by Vintage Tin, is something they decided to add to this Glen Burnie tradition.
Owners of automobiles built in 1972 or earlier are invited to participate. A $12 registration fee is required, and the first 250 cars registered will receive a free --board plaque. Trophies will be awardedin four categories, including a People's Choice Award.
At the Spring Festival, the children can enjoy the clowns, balloons, pony ridesand face painting, and mom and dad can browse through the flower mart.
Throughout the day refreshments will be available, including hamburgers, hot dogs, crab cakes, Italian sausage, popcorn and lemon sticks.
St. Alban's outreach programs will benefit from the money raised at the festival. The outreach committee of Bill Carter, Rich Bumgarner, Octavia Carter and Ruth Dunker is gathering suggestions on how the money should be used.
Amy Williams' physical education students will be displaying their talent and their energy Saturday atPoint Pleasant Elementary School's Spring Carnival. Starting at 9 a.m. in the secondary building, athletes from grade 1 to 5 will be square-dancing, skipping rope and tossing around a parachute or two.
Carnival booths will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Games of luck and skill will be featured, and children will quickly find their pockets bulging with super balls, decoder rings and Hawaiian leis.
Thirty crafters -- the largest number yet at the Point Pleasant festival -- will display their wares, offering a large selection of gifts for Mother's Day.
The warm weather signals the start of the growing season. And while you may not be planting crops, it is time to check out the annuals and perennials at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School's annual Flower Mart. Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, the flower mart offers a large variety of healthy plants to help bring out the green thumb in everyone.
A shady spot in the garden that needs a little color? Try planting impatients, begonias or coleus.
Looking for an unusual flower gift for Mother's Day? Try a miniature rose. Used as a house plant or planted in a sheltered spot outside, this rose will supply beautiful bouquets of flowers for generations of Barbie dolls in the family.
There is still time to purchase tickets for the Malicki Brothers' dance from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday at Michael's 8th Avenue. This benefit has been planned byDave and Wayne Malicki to help raise money for their brother Steve'sbattle against cancer.
Steve, a self-employed roofer, was diagnosed with lymph node cancer and underwent surgery in January 1990 to remove a malignant tumor. He has been in remission since September. He has accrued almost $10,000 in medical bills and does not have health insurance.
Tickets can be purchased for$12 by calling 761-7095. This includes beer, set-ups and dancing to the Top 40 sounds of DJ Tim Konig. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, including Oriole tickets and gift certificates for dinners, bowling and tanningand a membership in a local health club.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is sponsoring a Las Vegas Night starting at 8 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 1451 Furance Ave.