Bring back the roller skates SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

September 29, 1992|By MAUREEN RICE

When my mother was my age, she complained -- not quite jokingly -- about life on roller skates. That, of course, was before the age of roller blades, two-earner families, babies who learn French, fitness classes, or a whole lot of other things that make up our daily lives -- or cause endless anxiety if they don't. Was Mom's life really simpler than mine?

Back when I -- or we (dare we date ourselves?) -- were young, learning our ABCs in kindergarten was a rare treat. My mother felt virtuous in taking us to school when we were 5. Think of it! I worried when my daughter didn't attend pre-school at 3. Somehow I just didn't have the backbone to pay for her to sit in the corner and cry. Oh, well, we saved a lot of gas not taking her, so I guess that's something.

Back when I was young, fitness classes were unheard of. My mother simply worshiped the great god calorie, instead of pulse rate, cholesterol levels, muscle tone and cellulite.

Back when I was young, "saving the Earth" meant that you had gotten a good deal on apples in the supermarket.

Back when I was young, being an athletic child meant that you had earned at least a silver presidential award for fitness in gym class.

My son, who at 7 faithfully plays on soccer teams, baseball teams, basketball teams, swim teams and gymnastics, was rated by his gym teacher in areas of aerobic fitness, abdominal strength (could I have passed this test?), upper body strength, trunk flexibility, body composition and motor fitness. I read the report and decided that he must take after his father.

Back when I was young, making ends meet meant that we lived on Hamburger Hill at dinner time and wore hand-me-down clothes. Just try to get a second-grader to wear a "Transformer" shirt to school today! And who can afford the cholesterol in

hamburger? Today it's chicken.

Back when I was young, a social conscience meant that we ate everything that was on our plates and pretended to be grateful we didn't live in China.

I say -- and I know my kids would agree -- bring back those roller skates.

* Apple Fest! Well, not quite yet. But now is the time to call Piney Run Park to let them know just what you want to do this year. Deanna Hoffman, naturalist (naturally), says that the most-wanted list includes those good souls who will bake an apple pie -- and notice she says "bake," not "make," theie -- or staff the food stations, help kids stuff scarecrows, or even help people get on the hay rides. We could all use a hand, so call 795-6043 ASAP to give the good folks at Piney Run a break, and you can enjoy the fest with that special feeling that doing an

enjoyable good deed brings about.

* Friends of Autistic Children, a support group for parents, grandparents, day-care providers, etc., of autistic and ADD (attention deficit disorder) children, meets 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the sanctuary of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church.

Founder Carol Deal says the feeling of togetherness is therapeutic. She should know, having spent hours comforting the grandfather of a child recently diagnosed as autistic, and as the day-care provider for an autistic child.

If this sounds familiar, don't miss the opportunity to hear Mary Lou Finelli of the Maryland Coalition for Integrated Education discuss behavior expectations, regressions, how to cope and, perhaps most important, personal experiences as the parent of an autistic child.

This meeting is an outreach of the Holy Spirit church. Information may be obtained by calling the church at 795-6333 and leaving a message for Carol Deal, or by calling Carol at 549-1180.

* It's Elementary, a subsidiary of the Maryland Child Study Association, meets at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the home of member Pam Short. At 7:30, speaker Vickie Corbett will discuss volunteer opportunities for youth. The small group welcomes new members who have elementary-age children.

To obtain information about membership, call Rosalyn McCaulie at 795-7241.

* Sponsor sheets are now available for the third annual Crop Walk for World Hunger, to take place on Sunday, Oct. 18. Pick them up at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Sykesville or Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. there is no age limit, but participants must be prepared to stroll three miles along River Road.

It's for a good cause -- an hour and a half of your time will provide money to feed the world's hungry and benefit members of our community, as 25 percent of the funds raised will remain in the hands of the Carroll County E.S.C.A.P.E. program, which provides assistance to families having trouble making ends meet.

Heating bill relief is the program's major focus, but it also helps needy people with rental assistance, locating furniture and other amenities.

For information regarding the Crop Walk, call St. Paul's Methodist Church at 795-0714 or Holy Spirit Lutheran Church at 795-6333.

For information about E.S.C.A.P.E., call Holy Spirit Lutheran and leave a message for E.S.C.A.P.E. member Carol Deal.

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Flowers, flowers, flowers -- who can ever have too many?

"Too many" is relative to enthusiastic perennials lovers, who are meeting Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in back of the Nature Center at Piney Run Park to divide and conquer their overgrown garden monsters.

Come to share the best -- or worst -- of your garden, and gain some new friends, some of which may be human. Each time I have gone, I have managed to go away with more than I came with. Others have come simply to learn how to split the perennials -- or just to get some. Don't miss the fun, or the flowers.

To register, call Piney Run at 795-6043.

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Motivation is the topic of Carol Arbaugh's first parent information workshop, to be held at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at Eldersburg Elementary.

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A tour of historic houses in Lutherville is on Saturday's agenda for Moms on the Move.

For ticket information, call Janet Fairbanks at 781-7576; arrange your own car pools.

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