There's no place like home, there's no place like home! This famous phrase has a permanent place in my heart. It's so dear to me that I have even considered having it tattooed across my forehead. Then everyone will understand just how happy I am to be home after riding 18-plus hours (one way) in a caravan with three kids, one husband and a puppy.
I have gone far and beyond the call of duty as a parent, wifeand pet-sitter.
I had no idea what I was in for when I agreed to attend my husband's family reunion in Montgomery, Ala. We traveled through six states, including Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and most of Alabama.
We must have played every child's game imaginable. However, the one I liked best was having the kids find license plates from all 50 states -- even though I could only remember 37.
It kept them busy for almost three hours, and I was able to curl up with my book and get lost in a world of make-believe. Every now and then I would look up and ask my husband, "What state are we in?"
At one point, I glanced out of the window and noticed a little sign in the back of a car that stated: "I brake for hallucinations."
Weall know that Marylanders brake for yard sales. That's when I realized we were someplace different. It was about this time that I startedto feel like a tourist. I even looked like one in my new shoes from Pic-n-Pay, fresh new shorts from Ames and all my yard sale jewelry.
My husband announced somewhere along the way that he would drive until he grew tired (ladies, it's a man thing). Well, after about 12 hours of straight driving he quietly announced that it was my turn to drive.
Had I not been so tired, I would have, but it was 11 p.m. and all I wanted was a hot shower and a soft bed. I come from a family of campers, and my husband laughs at people who spend millions of dollars each year in hotel costs so I knew this would be a very delicatesituation.
But trust me, I handled this one like a pro. We stayedin a very nice hotel equipped with cable, a pool and complimentary breakfast. We finished our journey the next morning and returned home with many wonderful memories my family will cherish for years to come.
Speaking of reunions, the dictionary defines it as an act of reuniting. That is exactly what it does. Some of my husband's family hadnot seen one another for 25 years. However, in no time they were embraced in love and the good feeling of belonging to a family.
Class reunions are very popular this time of year, and the Class of 1966 of Brooklyn Park High School has announced plans for its reunion at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Commodore Club, on Key Highway near the Inner Harbor.
A full buffet will be available, and live music will beprovided by a band. For ticket information, or if you know of anyonewho graduated in 1966, call Darlene Murphy (Huggins) at 437-2093.
Are you new to the community? Are you and your children interested in viewing the new school that your child will be attending?
Student-parent orientations have been scheduled at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave., at 1 p.m. Aug. 23 and at Park ElementarySchool, 201 E. 11th Ave., at 9 a.m. Aug. 19.
Parents and childrenwill tour the schools and find out general information about the forthcoming school year. Mark these dates on your calendar and plan to attend.
A Positive Parenting Workshop is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 19 at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave. All parentswith children attending Belle Grove Elementary School, Brooklyn ParkElementary School and Park Elementary School are invited to attend.
The program will last about one hour, and a baby-sitting service will be offered at no charge. Register with your home school before Aug. 7.
The August meeting of the Northern District Police Community Relations Council will begin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the police station on Hammonds Lane. The guest speaker will be from the Police Department's Crimes Against Property section. The discussion will focus on claiming unmarked property. Other topics will include starting bike patrols for several communities. Everyone is urged to attend.
Summer guidance activities continue. The guidance office of Brooklyn Park Elementary School and Park Elementary School is offering two support group sessions. The first is for students who have experienced a separation or divorce.
The second session is for students who are close to someone who has problems with alcohol. Both groups will offer support and coping skills.
These groups will continue intothe school year. The dates for the session on coping with divorce and separation are 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 13, 15, 20 and 22 at Park Elementary School and 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 12, 14, 19 and 21 at Brooklyn Park Elementary School.
The sessions for coping with alcohol use will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on the same dates as above.