No fuss, no frills needed for Mother's Day, just simple love

NEIGHBORS

May 06, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

I'm glad that Mother's Day falls after Secretary's Day. Mind you, I didn't go out to dinner on Secretary's Day, but I could have: I'm the chief scheduler, typist, travel agent, maintenance department and factotum of Chez Sullivan.

Chez Sullivan is a privately held social engineering firm. The only stock we trade over-the-counter is the groceries. But even if I didn't go out on Secretary's Day, I know that I could have, in order to celebrate and acknowledge my profession.

Mother's Day is a different holiday. No woman becomes a mother because she loves appliances. We have children to see them grow, to cuddle with on the couch, to beam with pride at the first step, the first date, the first job. We have children to share the joyous wonder of life itself with someone new to the world.

I can't say that this is true for all mothers (we are a diverse lot), but the odds are that what your mother and mine want on Mother's Day is to share joy and wonder again with us.

As for me, don't take me out to dinner Sunday. Bring lots of orange juice and the funnies to me in bed, curl up beside me, and let's read Peanuts aloud. I can buy my own blender, but I cannot buy my child.

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Join staff members from the Howard County Library for a noon book discussion Wednesday at the Savage Library Branch. Olga Donovan, Marge Goethe, Elaine Johnson and Glennor Shirley will present "Around the World at Noon," a discussion of writers from diverse cultures.

There's no registration required, but call (410) 880-5975 for more details.

Bring your own lunch, but drink the library's free coffee. See if McDonald's can top this deal!

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Elsie Baker, the Bollman Bridge Elementary health room nurse, reports that the following students completed the Open Airways for Schools Program: Karen Becka, Langdon Campbell, Kevin Cole, Kyle Hines, Jennifer Mino, Gwynn Mitchell, Erin Shinholt, Lamar Stewart and E.J. Williams.

Congratulations to the new asthma experts at the school!

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Parents whose children are about to enter sixth grade at Patuxent Valley Middle School are strongly urged to come to the orientation meeting scheduled for May 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The PVMS staff will explain the sixth-grade program to parents. Remember, middle school is different from elementary school. The school schedule is more complex, there are more long-term assignments, and your child will have several teachers during the day.

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The Bollman Bridge Elementary School Parent Teacher Association holds its monthly meeting May 23. Dr. Michael Tebeleff will speak on "Improving Your Child's Behavior While Reducing Your Stress."

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South Columbia Baptist Church is pleased to announce its new avian congregant. A large and lovely duck, name unknown, has picked the bushes near the front door as the ideal homestead. No word yet on the number of eggs in the nest, but we'll keep you posted.

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The Savage Branch of the Howard County Library again holds its popular Bedtime Storytime for the preschool set Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There's no registration required. Children are free to come in their pajamas.

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Bollman Bridge's Elementary School Science Fair Mentorship Program was a great success. Thanks to the efforts of volunteer mentors David Chafee, Toby Chapman, Stephanie Coakley, Jason Decker, Susie Frost, Dana Lowry, Donna Payne, Jim Peter, Kate Revelle, Jeff Speelman, Lauren Traber, Matt Walker and David Wu, many students succeeded beyond their hopes. Students Daniel Blake, Kendra Bonaparte, Kychelle Boone, Katie Chaffee, Bradley Chapman, Hannah Coakley, Emily Embrey, Kelly Garner, Adam Gross, Travis McDonnell, Adam Payne, Chris Revelle, Josh Sperling and Christopher Wu had a great experience.

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The new nominees for the executive board of the Bollman PTA are: for president, Libby Killo; for first vice president, Denise Wolford; for second vice president, Cathy Whitehead; for treasurer, Jessica Kemper; for Recording secretary, Mary Metzler; for corresponding secretary, Kym Young; for PTA council delegates, Patty Burton and Susan Poole.

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