New Year, old dilemma: resolutions SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

December 29, 1992|By MAUREEN RICE

Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? If you have, what are the odds that you will keep them?

I always start my thinking process with a review of the resolutions I kept and those that were impossible. For some reason, self-improvement gets harder each year. Either I'm approaching perfection or getting lazier.

One year I resolved to keep the house cleaner. The next year I resolved to get a maid. The year after that I resolved not to yell at the children, and I kept that one rigorously until I woke up the next morning.

Perhaps my most successful resolution was when I decided that, since I was a football widow, the best solution was to join 'em because there is no stopping a true fan. My husband leaped and cheered and cursed the referees while I sat in great confusion wondering why the players didn't start out a little further apart on the field so they wouldn't run into each so much.

So I set out to solve the mystery of what makes football so fascinating to the male members of society. Initially, it was difficult; the concept of using four downs to make a first down was elusive to me. But, I reasoned, it really is no stranger than tennis, where you start out with love on both sides and proceed to lob missiles at each other.

Now that I can watch football with reasonable -- if not astounding -- intelligence, my list of attainable resolutions is much shorter.

Last year I made the resolution not to make any resolutions this year. I really like this one, but it's hard to keep because I want to do the same thing this year, and if I make the resolution I'll break last year's. That's life, I guess.

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Why would anyone give anyone 5 pounds of gummy bears? If you happen to have a child, or had a child in Carrolltowne Elementary in the past 14 years, you'll understand. Rhoda Weston, the nurse at Carrolltowne almost since it opened, is leaving for Florida, and she will no longer be handing out confections to students. So the PTA has given her a horde of gummy bears, and she has plenty to chew.

Fourteen years is a long time to spend anywhere, and you're bound to put down a few roots and make some friends. Mrs. Weston, fulfilled that prediction in spades.

The entire school turned out for a surprise party, which, contrary to normal procedure of being no surprise, actually did what it was intended to do.

"I knew I was getting cards or something," Mrs. Weston said. "One of the [students] started to tell me about the card he made me, and then said he didn't make one, and then said his teacher told him not to tell me about it. So I knew something was going on. But I didn't expect this."

"This" was quite a party. There was a banner, signed by all members of the school. It was planned to be one item, but because of the tremendous number of signatures, it grew to three parts: "Good luck Mrs. Weston . . . You're the best, we'll miss you . . . We love you."

There was a large cake, decorated with a cardinal, the school's TTC

symbol. There were gifts. There were songs, skits, eulogies and many tears. There was even Bob Turk, of WJZ-TV, stopping by to hand out one of the gold "13" pins. And there was family, Mrs. Weston's husband, Mark, and sons Keith and Matthew.

"This is the best day of my life, or maybe the worst day of my life," Mrs. Weston said afterward, near tears.

Goodbye, Mrs. Weston; may your future be as bright as your past. You are remembered with love, and keep in mind that the new nurse will give out gummy bears in your honor.

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Perhaps your New Year's resolution was to plant some trees. You can make that a spectator sport if you like at noon on Saturday at the Eldersburg Library.

"We donated a tree to [Carrolltowne Mall] for the community to decorate," said Mike Payne, manager at Rolling Hill Farm and Garden Inc., a nursery on Liberty Road. "It's about 10 years old. Now we're going to plant it in front of the library."

Mr. Payne said he'll pick a rain date, if necessary, but right now he's counting on the sun shining.

The nursery also helped Rappaport Management Co., which manages the mall, in its "Evergreen Christmas" theme by selling live trees.

"We were selling 2-year-old trees -- roughly 2 to 3 feet tall -- for only $9.99, and a portion of the proceeds went to the National Arbor Day Foundation. We still have a few -- maybe 50 -- left, and they're still available at that price," Mr. Payne said.

That's not the only environmental activity the nursery has in mind.

"We're planning to add to our 'organic' products line in the spring," he said. "We'll have the 'eye' balls for fruit trees [to scare away birds], organic pesticides and things like that."

How about a New Year's resolution to try one of these new products?

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