Mothers everywhere have their war stories.
Driving all night with a colicky baby, listening to talk radio and wondering why anyone would be up this late if they didn't have to. Standing in the express line at Kmart, nonchalantly assuring anyone who will listen that the screaming 2-year-old sprawled on the floor is actually your niece. Taking 22 minutes to unstrap two toddlers from their car seats, then coaxing them into the post office so you can then wait a long, long time while the clerk searches for your husband's copy of yet another "Time-Life" book.
Sometimes mothers just need a break. Sometimes they need Mother's Day Out.
Mother's Day Out is a drop-in child care service operating from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Messiah United Methodist Church, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.
Children ages 2 to 4 are invited to spend a carefully supervised morning of play while the mother takes care of a few errands or just savors the quiet of an empty living room.
In its third year, the program is the brainchild of Tracy Brockenbrough, a member of Messiah's congregation and coordinator of its preschool education program. Messiah also conducts preschool classes for children ages 3 to 4.
Brockenbrough modeled the program after one she saw while traveling during her husband's military service. She hoped the play group would fill a need in the Glen Burnie community while financing the church's outreach programs.
One regular client drops her child off and then goes to a local mall to get in an hour or so of walking. Another uses the time to visit the laundromat, while others just need some quiet time to themselves.
So what's more important? Replacing the backstop at your child's softball field or a weekly dance that keeps young teen-agers involved in supervised activity? Does Glen Burnie need a public pool or another football field? Who decides which project is more important? The county Department of Recreation and Parks has scheduled a meeting for 2 p.m. Sunday at Old Mill High School to discuss which sacrifices in the budget will do the least harm to the fewest number of people.
Joseph Curran, chairman of the county Recreation Advisory Board, is meeting with the community. Information: 222-3403.
Fifty years ago, the United States was involved in a war on two continents, Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the White House, and the members of Glen Burnie High's Class of '43 were about to make their mark on the world.
This spring, they'll meet once again to share memories, blush at yearbook photos and celebrate a landmark occasion in their lives.
The celebration is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., May 15 at La Fountain Bleu. Tickets are $30 per person and include dancing, a dinner buffet, beer, light wines, soft drinks and coffee. Connie Gruhn Perry is one of several classmates working to organize the event. Funds are limited, but the group is working diligently to get the word out to alumni.
Alumni are encouraged to contact a committee member for tickets: Perry, 859-0096; Dorothy Clark Booth, 859-5888; Florence Hein Rumenap, 766-6911; Betty Zeman Harris, 766-2368; or Fred Smith, 789-7797.