Your husband sits in the living room, clutching the channel changer in his right hand and the "TV Guide" in his left. The air conditioneris set at "arctic" and the oscillating fan sits at his feet -- oscillating.
After seven months of frustration, the children are finally at the last stage of Super Mario 3. With 27 extra lives they sit poised on the brink of victory.
You've just washed your hair for the first time since your new perm and two hours with a hair dryer is your only chance of ever appearing in public again.
And the power goes out.
After establishingthat you really did make that payment to BG&E, your family is left staring at one another wondering what to do.
What to do and where to go as the temperature in the house rises.
May I suggest "Glen Burnie's Beat The Heat Hint No. 4" -- a visit to your local grocery store. Pack up hubby and the kids and head on over to that land of saladbars and bulk food barrels. It's air conditioned, it's well-lighted and there is no admission.
Give everyone $5 to spend and then stroll about while they learn first-hand why there is never any "good" food in the house -- it costs too much.
Let your husband spend 45 minutes in the cereal aisle with your two kids as they argue over who gets the secret box protruding from Bill and Ted's Excellent AdventureCereal.
Demonstrate why bulk food is so difficult to manipulate when you have a purse on one arm and a baby in the other.
Then everyone meet in the frozen food section for one last blast of cold air by the Banquet Pot Pies before calling your home to see if the answering machine comes on. If you can hear yourself, then the power is on.
Home sweet home awaits.
Being selected as a runner-up as Anne Arundel County's Most Beautiful Parent contest was a pleasant surprise for Glen Burnie resident Michelle Day. But finding out she had been nominated by her husband, Charlie, was even nicer.
"When I found out I was overwhelmed. I just cried," said Day.
Together, the Days have faced the challenges and joys of raising their 10-year-old son Matthew, a special needs student at Southgate Elementary. A premature birth contributed to physical handicaps for Matthew. With the help of his family, he has successfully mainstreamed into the public school system.
The parent contest allowed Charlie Day to single out his wife for special recognition.
"We work as a team, but I felt very strongly that as a parent she is a model for what it takes to be a good parent," said Mr. Day.
A Chapter I Reading Resource teacherat Rolling Knolls Elementary School in Annapolis, Day sees her role as teacher and parent to be a symbiotic situation.
"What I learn as a teacher, I can apply to our work with my son and likewise what I learn through my time with Matt I can use with my students," she explained.
County Executive Robert Neall and County Health Officer Thomas Andrews honored Day, Gordon and Barbara Mallonee of Cape St. Claire, and Miriam and Mladen Stanicic of Annapolis at a coffee on Monday. Each parent received a special citation for their dedication. The Mallonees will represent Anne Arundel County in the statewide competition.
Books on parenting skills will be donated to the county library with bookplates bearing the name of each family.
A popularart teacher is back at the Freetown Recreation Center, as Duane "Ace" Lutsko returns to share his enthusiasm for art with young people.
Lutsko, an artist in residence at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, is once again teaching children, ages 8 to 14, drawing, painting and airbrush skills.
One of the exterior walls at the rec center already displays a mural painted by Lutsko and his protegees last year.
Classes meet from 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Aug. 26 at the Freetown Recreation Center, 7820 Darrell Henry Court. There is no charge for the classes, which are sponsored by Maryland Hall and the County Commission on Culture and the Arts.
For additional information, call the Freetown Rec Center, 222-6243.
Parents Without Partners is conducting an orientation for parents interested in joining the organization at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at the North County Library.
The organization is open to any parent who is single, widowed or divorced and interested in meeting other single parents.
For additional information call Charlie, 437-6620 or Tom, 437-4636.
Working parents in Glen Burnie may want to take advantage of before- and after-school child care that will be available at two area elementary schools when school begins in September.
Point Pleasant Elementary, 1035 Dumbarton Road, and Quarterfield Elementary, 7967 Quarterfield Road, will have extended child-care programs for students ages 5 through grade six who attend the schools.