A compromise, body piercing and a new life


July 29, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN MY daughter was born, her father gave me a pair of pearl stud earrings as a celebratory present: a lovely gift, but loaded, because my ears weren't pierced, nor did I want them to be.

It was an early lesson in compromise. I had my ears pierced, but drew the line at having our child's nose pierced, despite his firm contention that within our lifetimes nose-piercing would be a widely accepted practice in our culture, perhaps even the norm.

It shows what a visionary I'm not. Noses were just the tip of the iceberg, after the more probable earrings on men. I've heard more tales of pierced anatomies than I've seen in person, but I've seen enough, even in beautiful downtown Annapolis or quiet Shady Side, to know that my former husband had a better understanding in 1962 of cultural challenges and peer pressures JTC than I do even now. And while I fail totally to understand that sort of self-expression, the middle-aged preppie at my core admits to an ounce of envy at the boldness of those who risk it.

Meanwhile, I've never regretted having my ears pierced, though I did hold off letting my daughter do it until she was 16. Then it was I who nearly fainted at the grand event. Now she is about to have a baby, and I am contemplating birthing presents, not yet knowing my grandchild's gender.

I think a hand-crocheted crib blanket and a fat ceramic piggy bank will be just fine.

10 miles of striding

The Annapolis Striders celebrate the 21st anniversary of its annual 10-mile run Aug. 25, with the starting gun of the Annapolis Run, the Maryland RRCA 10-mile Championship. The deadline for entries has passed, but you can still enjoy watching an expected field of 4,000 runners leave the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at 7: 30 a.m., cross the new Academy Bridge over the Severn River, snake through shaded country roads to Ritchie Highway, work back over the river and into Annapolis past St. John's College to finish at the stadium.

Runners can pick up their numbers at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Medical Park on Jennifer Road from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24. At the same time, AAMC will hold a medicine expo with practitioners of acupuncture, aroma therapy, herbal therapy and other healing arts. Vendor spaces are $50 per table or $25 for a shared table. The deadline to apply for table space is Thursday.

In addition to the medical displays, the expo will include clothing sales, food, popcorn, prize drawings and two-for-one race eve dinner coupons for Annapolis-area restaurants.

Information: 224-5777.

Sailing race Sunday

The eighth annual Chesapeake 20 Regatta will be sailed at 1 p.m. Sunday in the West River off Shady Side.

Dinners will be sold and trophies awarded at the Capt. Salem Avery House Museum when the sailors come ashore after the race, which usually takes about two hours.

The event was started to celebrate the Chesapeake 20, a wooden boat designed and built by Capt. Dick Hartge in the 1930s specifically for the calm waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Part of the mission of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, which operates the Capt. Salem Avery House, is to preserve the maritime history of this area. That purpose will be served both by the regatta and by the presentation to the society of an intricately built model of the steamboat Emma Giles, which plied the bay between Shady Side and Baltimore in the early 1900s.

The model is being lent to the museum by Fredericka Crandell of Shady Side, sister of the model's creator. George Owen designed and built the model a decade ago. It measures about 30 inches long and is absolutely accurate in detail, including tiny figures of cattle and people on the decks.

A case and display cabinet for the model were donated to the museum by T. J. Twomey.

Information: Mavis Daly, (301) 261-5234.

Pub Date: 7/29/96

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