She found me seated on the floor, surrounded by damp beach towels, AAA Triptiks and 23 rolls of undeveloped film. I was wearing a stuffed Goofy hat, complete with long ears that grazed my sunburned shoulders.
A nine-day trip to Florida had come to an end.
"How was the wedding?" she asked, gingerly sidestepping the oranges scattered around the room.
Wedding? For a moment I was confused.
"Surely you remember. Disney World, then on to St. Petersburg for your brother's wedding."
The memory of a lavish production with dozens of extras and lots of white came to mind. It was either the wedding or the Magic Kingdom's presentation of "The Little Mermaid Salutes the Arctic Regions."
Poking through the explosion of unmailed postcards, shopping bags and credit card receipts, she found a set of six coffee mugs adorned with dwarfs.
"Where's Grumpy?" she asked.
Grumpy, I explained, met an untimely demise, propelled in the direction of a departing monorail in the last 20 minutes of my Four-Day Super Pass.
"Be honest," prodded my friend. "You really had a good time."
My eyes filled with tears as I remembered our trip to Disney World. Everyone tan and happy. Pleases and thank yous peppering their speech. On the table, butter shaped like a little Mickey Mouse. A peacock on the patio at dusk. Someone else made my bed.
The reverie of my reflection was shattered by the sounds of my two sons arguing over which state we were in when we drove over the opossum.
We're home, Glen Burnie.
One week they're moving trash, the next week cooking spaghetti. Later in the month, they will be having a flea market.
It appears the Boy Scouts of Troop 780 are serious about earning the money for their High Adventure scuba diving trip to the Florida Keys.
NB Pasta, salad, bread, beverage and desserts are on the menu for
their spaghetti dinner, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall, 19 Crain Highway.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2.50 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are guests of the troop. Reservations are encouraged.
Later in the month, Troop 780 is sponsoring a flea market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 28, at the Glen Burnie United Methodist Church, Crain Highway and Second Avenue. Spaces are $15.
To reserve tickets for the spaghetti dinner or spaces for the flea market, call Donna Arnie, 760-4613.
More than 100 student dancers will tap, pirouette and twirl at the Glen Burnie High School annual "Evening of Dance" at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium.
The program, sponsored by the school's dance department, will feature performers from the dance company, the touring company and all of the dance classes. Several of the pieces have been choreographed by the students.
Performances by the dance clubs of Marley Middle, Severna Park Middle and Rippling Woods Elementary schools are also scheduled.
"This is the biggest show we've ever done; this is going to be really, really quite outstanding," says Dianne Rosso, dance director at Glen Burnie High.
Tickets are $4 per person and can be purchased at the door. Children ages 6 and under are free.
The school is at 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. For additional information, call 761-8950.
Rain or shine, Marley Elementary School is welcoming spring with a May Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, on the school grounds, 201 Marley Station Road.
Food, fun, games, a bake sale and a cake walk are scheduled throughout the day.
For information, call the school office, 222-6415.
The public is invited to attend a lecture on arthritis, 7 p.m. tomorrow, in the third floor conference center of North Arundel Hospital.
Health-care professionals scheduled to speak include two staff physicians, an occupational therapist and a physical therapist.
Although free to the public, reservations are requested by calling 787-4367.
Volunteers are needed to serve on the PTA executive board of Marley Middle School. The positions of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer will be voted on at 7 p.m. May 24 before the school band concert.
For more information on the various responsibilities for each office, call the school, 761-0934.
Baseball cards and memorabilia for the avid or novice collector will be available at the Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School annual Baseball Card Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in the school cafeteria, 120 Dorsey Road.
Door prizes and raffles will add to the day's activities.
Admission is 50 cents or one nonperishable food item. A local food bank will benefit from the donations.
For information, call Mike Flis of the Straight Away Center, 768-8570, or Leo Zerhusen, 859-1297.
Local political figures will be the speakers at the meeting of the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.
Sen. Philip Jimeno and Dels. Joan Cadden, Ray Huff and Charles Kolodziejski have been invited to address issues of concern to the community.