Hipness is relative, especially if relative is your teen-age son

Neighbors

March 27, 1996|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE WOULD THINK the freedom to call our sons on the phone was the primary goal of the women's movement," mused my friend after yet another phone call for my son interrupted our visit.

I nodded in agreement.

"And the way they dress!" she continued. "My son went out with a girl who, I swear, was wearing only an Ace bandage."

We continued to swap stories of the moral decline of young women until my son suddenly popped his head out of the refrigerator.

"You sound like Grandmom," he announced.

Grandmom? How ridiculous. We're not our mothers. We're too cool.

We can identify Hootie and at least one Blowfish. We surf the Internet. Neither of us can make gravy without the assistance of Heinz.

"Whatever you say," he shrugged.

Could it be we weren't as hip as we thought? Had we -- bright, confident, full of promise -- become Mothers of Sons?

"Last night I told my son chastity could be a way of life, not just Sonny Bono's daughter," said my friend. "He didn't know who Sonny Bono was."

The phone rang again, interrupting our midlife crisis. Another girl -- bright, confident, full of promise -- wanted to talk to my son.

I told her the truth. He was now living with my mother.

Being a parent doesn't pay enough, Glen Burnie.

Media festival

Corkran Middle School will be the site of the county's annual media festival from 9 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Saturday. A celebration of the creative spirit of kindergarten through 12th-grade students, the festival will offer exhibitions of photographs, videotapes and computer-generated videos, slide presentations and short films.

"We have over 300 photographs including some outstanding work from the elementary level," said David Norville, head media production specialist and coordinator of the event.

L First-place entries will advance to state-level competition.

Corkran Middle School is at 7600 Quarterfield Road. For additional information, call Mr. Norville, 222-1030.

Boy Scouts honored

Members of Boy Scout Troop 873 of Glen Burnie Park were honored last week for their achievements, at a Court of Honor at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School.

Scouts will be selling candy bars through April 4 to help raise money for their summer camp program.

The troop also is planning a car wash April 27 at NationsBank in the Southgate parking lot and "Scout Day in the Park" on June 8.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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