"It's a boy. It's a boy," she repeated softly. "I can't believe I'm going to have a son."
It's the '90s, so naturally my friend knows weeks ahead of her actual delivery that she will have a boy. She came to me with this joyous news because I was her friend and the mother of sons.
The reverie of the moment was shattered by the thunderous sound of approaching Nikes.
"Did you go to the store? Can Billy and T.J. spend the night? Can I see 'Pulp Fiction'? Ross saw it, and it didn't turn him into a sociopath. Did Stephanie call? Did Heather call? Did Michelle call?"
Arms, legs, pop-tops, Fritos. We sat motionless until they passed. An empty can of Coke spinning slowly on the kitchen floor the only trace of their visit.
"I thought you only had two boys," she whispered.
Ah, such sweet naivete. Should I explain to her that boys travel in packs, not unlike wild dogs. Foraging for food, staking out a territory, it was all somewhat primal.
Should I tell her what I've learned over the years? That she should never learn how to keep score in Little League or she'll never enjoy another game. Never volunteer to chaperon any school field trip unless it's inside a confined area. Forget the baby swing and crib mobiles and invest in either a Big Green Clean Machine or brown carpeting.
I decided to keep silent. Parenthood is a road best traveled free of preconceived notions and worries.
It makes for a more interesting trip, Glen Burnie.
Lauren Ziemski, 17, of Glen Burnie has already "staged" her summer plans. Lauren, a senior at Archbishop Spalding High School, has a starring role in the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre's production of "Bye Bye Birdie." Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through July 26.
The theater is at 143 Compromise St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $7. A $6 rate is available for groups of 20 or more.
Lauren will play Rose Alvarez in the rock 'n' roll production set in the 1950s. She has several solos, including "What Did I Ever See in Him," Spanish Rose" and "One Boy."
This is her second appearance with the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. She also has performed with the Children's Theater of Annapolis and had the lead in Spalding's production of "Anything Goes." Lauren hopes to become a professional actress.
"I'd like to go to NYU and major in theater," she said.
The daughter of Matt and Janet Ziemski, Lauren has studied dance for 11 years. In addition to performing ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern dance, she has modeled in layouts for Seventeen magazine, L'Oreal and Macy's. She has her own agent.
For ticket information call (410) 268-9212.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 780's Venture Crew have set off a High Adventure at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M.
Crew leader Brett Bowman and fellow Venture scouts Chris Bender, Paul Clevenger, Ben Ferguson, Sean Kohlhepp, Brad Morse and Tim Rinker joined assistant scoutmasters Nigel Arnie and Mike Rinker for the two-week adventure.
Crew advisers Ray Arnie, John Kohlhepp and David Rinker are on hand to help the scouts as they face the challenge of hiking 65 miles in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains.
Other scheduled activities include rock climbing, rifle shooting, a chuck wagon dinner, fly fishing, campfires, burro racing and panning for gold.
The trip is the payoff for months of carwashes, spaghetti dinners and neighborhood cleanup projects. Troop policy requires that the Scouts earn money for the trip as a team.
Summer may have just begun, but the members of the Happy C.A.S.O.S. Club of Glen Burnie are already making plans for a fall trip to the Sights & Sound Theater in Pennsylvania.
A religious production of "Noah" and a Waterfall Light Show will highlight the Oct. 7 trip sponsored by the Community Advocates for Senior Opportunities and Services. The trip includes dinner at the Good & Plenty restaurant.
The club meets at 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Arundel Center North. The club offers a wealth of activities and services to county residents age 60 and older.
For information on the fall trip or the club membership, call Anna Dawson at 761-1769.
When the eighth-level students of Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School graduated earlier this month, three students were singled out for honors.
Marlies Beerli received the Personal Development Award, which recognizes growth in integrity, independence, confidence and maturity.
The Slade Spirit Award was presented to Adam Jamison for exhibiting the qualities of commitment, responsibility and school spirit.
Mark Binfield received the Faculty Appreciation Award for his sense of responsibility and commitment to academic excellence.
The Glen Burnie Park Boy Scout Troop 873 has announced advancements and merit badges awarded to members at its Court of Honor last month.
Tim Cline -- Star rank; Jonathan Hawk -- Star rank, first aid merit badge, space exploration merit badge; Adam Boyd -- space exploration merit badge; George Kelly -- Tenderfoot rank; Elliot Ritlenhouse -- wilderness survival badge, first-class scout rank; Justin Van Hassel -- new scout rank; Stephen Doyle -- new scout rank; Edwin Hernandez -- new scout rank.
Leadership positions for the troop also were announced. Ken Brouillard is the senior patrol leader; John Hoyt is the assistant senior patrol Leader; Adam Boyd, Tim Cline and Jonathan Hawk are the patrol leaders; Patrick Gerard is the troop bugler; Tim Cook is the librarian; Matt Majoros is the scribe.
The troop is scheduled to attend Camp Tuckahoe in Dillsburg, Pa., from Sunday to July 1.