Lo these many years later, life vindicates mother GLEN BURNIE



Recently, my grandmother sold every Mother's Day gift she had ever received at a yard sale for a financial net gain of $12.88.

While watching this might have destroyed a lesser woman, it offered me the opportunity to rethink this whole gift-giving deal.

Mothers of young children may be thrilled with a clay sculpture of the family hamster. Some Moms may even find that bread-making machine a dream come true. But a mother of grown children wants only one thing.

She wants to be told she was right. And she wants specific illustrations of this fact.

So Mom, I offer you the following chances to say, "I told you so." And I love you even more because I know you never will.

Dear Mom:

With the 20/20 vision of hindsight, I note that perhaps it wasn't an affront to my constitutional right to privacy when, at 12 years old, you refused to let me read "Portnoy's Complaint." I see this censorship issue in a much different light now that my son is asking for a copy of Madonna's new book.

And yes, children should be in bed by 8:30 p.m. and "because I said so" is as good a reason as any. Thank you for letting me use your line.

You were right. Twenty-five years later I am mortified by my eighth-grade picture. Maybe it was the white lipstick. Perhaps it was the bangs that covered my eyebrows, grazing my pupils. You were right. I looked like Cousin It.

By the way, the acne did eventually go away. Can you say the same about the wrinkles?

Happy Mother's Day, Glen Burnie.


Filming has begun in Baltimore on the new John Waters work, "Serial Mom," starring Kathleen Turner and . . . the congregation of Harundale Presbyterian Church.

It's Glen Burnie goes Hollywood -- or to Towson at least.

It began when location manager Deborah Donaldson needed a church to film several scenes. A colleague suggested her former church -- Harundale.

The Rev. Jim Kirk helped negotiate a contract that secured a $3,000 donation for Harundale in exchange for the use of the church.

Unfortunately the logistics of closing parts of Ritchie Highway for several hours forced the production company to seek another location. Rather than disappoint the congregation, the company offered them jobs as extras in the scenes filmed at a Towson church on May 19.

This will allow them to keep the donation.

"We need 170 people. So far about 90 have signed up," said Kirk. "We need 12 choir members with robes, two acolytes, 20 children under 16 and 136 adults."

The production schedule is long, from 6:30 a.m to 7 p.m.

"I figured it out. It works out to about $2.20 an hour plus food," laughed Ruth Herwig, a Harundale member. "But it's an experience we've never done before."

The opportunity to participate is open to the community.

Anyone interested in joining the congregation in its theatrical debut can call the church office, 766-4338, for more information.


Popular Christian recording artist Alan McGill will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Temple Baptist Church, 15 Old Stage Road.

Since his spiritual conversion more than 40 years ago, McGill has recorded more than 20 albums and several singles, including "Each Step of the Way."

The Rev. Ray Newman has extended an invitation to the community to enjoy this free "nonrock" Christian musical program that is somewhat reminiscent of the '50s and '60s."

For information, call the church office, 761-4309.


Teachers at Glen Burnie Park Elementary are keeping their fingers crossed that the weather stays warm. They're going for a dip in the dunking booth at the school's annual Spring Fling, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on school grounds, 500 Marlboro Road.

Several other games and activities are planned, including a duck pond, cakewalks and a plant sale.

Refreshments will be sold throughout the day.


The students of Point Pleasant Elementary will jump, skip, kick and dance their way through the annual physical education program at 9 a.m. Saturday.

After their performance, the fun moves outside for a Spring Carnival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information, call 768-5216.

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