Solving world's troubles adds up to spending time with children

NEIGHBORS

April 29, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Like any adult who reads a newspaper or watches CNN, I have my own answer to the question "What's wrong with America and how do we fix it?"

I don't think we suffer from a breakdown in morality, or from an unwillingness to spend for social programs, or from the host of other political and moral failures my friends see as the flaw in American life. I think our problems stem from not doing enough arithmetic.

Notice I didn't say that we lack enough scientific training to compete in world markets. That may be true, but our deeper and simpler problem comes from not applying what we learned in third grade.

For example, our average life span is 70-plus years. Of that, we spend 18 as children and another 18 to 25 years raising our own. That means that we spend fully half our lives deeply involved with kids. But few of us realize this. Certainly we don't vote with these issues in the forefront of our minds.

Roughly 90 percent of all women work, up from about 20 percent when the interstate highway system was first built in the 1950s. Of course, rush-hour traffic and parking is worse than it used tobe: We've almost doubled the work force, the number of commuters, the number of cars and the wear on existing roads. I'm astonished that traffic moves at all.

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The Savage chapter of the Howard County Office of the Maryland Association for Family and Community Education held the annual Spring Day luncheon last Thursday at Savage Mill.

The Savage Homemakers, as they were formerly known, worked for months to give a warm welcome to members of other local clubs, offering table favors, door prizes and entertainment.

Jean Gore and Mary Ann Naples were responsible for the charming teapot-shaped envelopes that held tea bags and a warm sentiment.

Charlotte Watts, the re-elected president of the Savage club, has a real gift for soliciting donations. Jane Cruz, of Wilhide's Flowers, demonstrated how to make different types of floral arrangements, from simple bud vases to more formal arrangements. The joyful bouquets she made also became door prizes.

Jane Nupp, president of the Howard County Association for Family and Community Education, presented certificates of appreciation to Ms. Gore and Marian Matthews in honor of their fine work.

Irene Strohl, the special projects coordinator, also was honored.

Because this function was held in Savage Mill, Ellie Butehorn spoke about the history of the mill and its restoration.

After lunch, the women toured the mill.

The Howard County Association for Family and Community Education offers families opportunities for personal enrichment in many areas. There are clubs in Savage, Dunloggin, Beaverbrook and other areas in the county.

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It's bedtime story time again! All the little darlings are invited to the library for a chance to hear a new bedtime story by a voice other than Mom's.

Come at 7 p.m. on May 10 for this half-hour program. Children are welcome to show off their new pajamas. It makes it easier to get the little darlings into bed if they don't have to change first.

There's no registration for this program, just drop in.

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Next week is Be Kind to Animals Week. The Savage Library Grandparents will present a program called "Cats and Dogs and Snakes and Frogs" from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

Bring a picture of your pet to this story and activity time geared to 6- to 9-year-olds. Call (410) 880-5978 to register.

The library is on Durness Lane, just off of Gorman Road. Call for directions.

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The Forest Ridge Recreation Center is offering one-day classes for kids who want to make something for Mom or Dad. (Remember, Mother's and Father's days are just about here.)

Make Mother's Day gifts on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. for kindergartners through second-graders, or Friday at 3:15 p.m. for third- through fifth-graders.

The one-day class lasts for 1 1/2 hours. The cost is $5. Call (410) 313-2762 for more information.

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This just in from the hard-charging racers of Pack 345 in the Pinewood Derby.

The first-place winners in the dens and packs are: William Klacynski, Nick Carpenter, Matthew Gilbert, Eric Lambert, George Parezo, Tom Gregorini, Brian Coleman, Jay Richardson, Richard Bodden, Keith Williams and Dustin Steele. The finals winners were Eric Baker, first; Jay Richardson, second; and Eric Lambert, third.

The car designer awards went to Eric Lambert and Payton Johns for most unique car; Gregory Runner and Ryan Moncarz for Scouting Spirit; Nick Carpenter and William Klacynski for Most Original; Lark Creel and Matt Hall for Best Looking; John Carroll and Joseph Kundrat for Scariest; and Rick Cook for Funniest.

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