Parental involvement can lead to a test for the mother of sons

NEIGHBORS

September 11, 1996|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"READ IT, copy it, then pass it on to another mother of sons," my friend whispered as she shoved a piece of paper in my hand.

Slowly unfolding the yellowing paper, I read the heading "Are You The Right Girl To Date My Son?"

"Don't get huffy. It's a logical method of gathering information for use in making necessary decisions in your position as a parent," she explained.

I scanned the questions; multiple choice, short answer:

Do you have a tattoo? Does your mother?

Does your idea of helping the environment mean: a) a career in marine biology or b) a guest spot on "Baywatch."

In 50 words or less, explain why holidays should be spent with your (potential) boyfriend's family.

I returned the paper to my friend, reminding her I am not the type of mother to rely on such an outdated method of controlling my children's social life.

Just then my son entered the room.

"Mom, Gina's ready with her multimedia presentation on 'White Shoes After Labor Day: Civilization's Decline.' " He added to my friend, "If she scores an 85 or higher we can sit together at lunch."

I never said being a parent was easy, Glen Burnie.

Bus trip

It's off to the races when the Glen Burnie Lions Club sponsors a bus trip to the Charles Town Races in West Virginia, leaving the Southgate Shopping Center at 4 p.m. Sept. 21.

The $40 cost includes transportation, clubhouse admission, program, seating in the Skyline Terrace, dinner and a pass for two for a return visit.

For ticket information, call Emma Augente, 789-7366.

Craft fair

Messiah United Methodist Church will have a craft fair from 9: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, Country Club Drive at Furnace Branch Road.

A limited number of tables are available to artisans for a $5 fee.

For information or to reserve a table, call 761-3575 or 761-0178.

Safety issues

Karen Saz, a representative from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., will address safety issues at a meeting of the Point Pleasant Shoreland Improvement Association at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.

Donations of nonperishable items for Good Shepherd's food bank are requested.

For information, call Joan Valenti, 766-4310.

Pub Date: 9/11/96

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