House dresses, wide pockets, powder-blue slippers


July 24, 1996|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"WHERE HAVE you been? I've been trying to call for days to wish you a happy birthday, but apparently " my friend paused as she surveyed my living room full of shopping bags "you've been out."

Yes, I have been busy preparing for the second half of my life.

"Second half? You turned 40. If the average life span for a woman is 74, you hit the second half of your life in 1993," she noted.

Choosing to ignore that remark, I continued my preparations for middle age.

"All right, tell me. How does one shop for middle age?" she asked.

Taking my cue from the women in my family, I started my odyssey by purchasing an array of poly-cotton blend house dresses with snap fronts and wide pockets where I will keep an abundance of tissue.

Next stop -- shoes -- a powder-blue pair of terry cloth slippers that I will wear whenever I drive my children to meet their friends.

"You wouldn't," my friend gasped.

Watch me. It's my turn now. That will be me in the shallow end of the pool, wearing a bathing cap with rubber flowers appliqued on the front shouting to children, "Stop splashing, I just had my hair done!"

"You're overreacting, as usual," she said.

Perhaps, but I've seen the future in the makeup-encircled eyes of my mother and grandmother.

In five years, I will have all the radio stations in my car tuned to talk radio.

By 50 I will still be a registered Democrat, but I will secretly vote Republican.

At 53, I will inexplicably lose the ability to merge onto highways, thereby limiting my driving to Ritchie Highway and the surrounding side streets.

Here's to the second half of life, Glen Burnie.

Substitute teachers

With the start of the school year only a month away, Glen Burnie High School has scheduled a meeting for returning and prospective substitute teachers at 9 a.m. Aug. 19 in the school cafeteria.

Applicants must have at least 60 college credits and be available on a regular basis at least one weekday, said Assistant Principal Mary Eileen Mulliken.

"We're looking for people who are interested and enjoy working with young people," said Mulliken.

For information call the school office, 761-8950.

Swim championships

It's not quite the Olympics, but the thrill of competition is just as great for participants in the Division VII Swim Championships from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association, Paul Marr and Laymar drives.

Spectators are invited to watch as teams from Crofton, Crofton Village, Gardenville and Southdown compete against the C.C.E.R.A. teams.

Refreshments will be sold throughout the event.

For information, call 766-3637.

Mandy the Clown

Mandy the Clown returns the North County Library tomorrowfor an encore performance as part of the library's Summer Reading Program. Performances are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 11: 30 a.m.

Mandy the Clown -- Amanda Fernandez -- will entertain using a variety of circus skills, including juggling, stilt-walking and mime. In addition to her popular performances with the library reading program, Fernandez has performed at President Clinton's Inauguration, the French Embassy and the Moscow Theater.

Performances are free and targeted at children in pre-school through third grade. Registration is not required by seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information: 222-6270.

Pub Date: 7/24/96

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