Mothers' conversation reveals an advantage in raising sons


October 08, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I AM SO GLAD this homecoming dance is over. I'm exhausted," said my friend as she collapsed in a chair.

Puzzled, I wondered what she was talking about. Exhausted?

"First there were a half-dozen trips to malls looking for the right dress; a special dress, unique, original, but also exactly like the one her best friend was wearing," noted my friend.

I elected not to mention my search for a clean undershirt for my oldest son.

"The night before the dance, it was a two-hour facial to repair the damage from writing 'Go Gophers' across her forehead for the pep rally," she continued.

Friday night, my sons stayed up until 2 a.m. watching an "F-Troop" marathon.

"Saturday, it was an appointment for nails, then for hair, a run in the matching pantyhose, a lost backing to the earring, " she paused to catch her breath.

Saturday, my sons stayed in bed until noon, then washed the car. They dressed 11 minutes before they left to get their dates.

"Eleven minutes," she repeated frostily. "How casual of them."

As she left, my son asked why I was smiling.

It was my mother-of-sons smirk, I explained. A minor reward for a life full of jockstraps, high auto insurance rates and Baywatch calendars.

Shrugging his shoulders, he returned to his Nintendo 64.

It's a boy, Glen Burnie.

King, queen

Glen Burnie High school's homecoming week ended Saturday with the announcement of the king and queen.

Seniors Billy Fisher and Marianne Ogle were crowned at the dance Saturday night before a sold-out crowd.

Newspaper Night

The potential power of the written word was the focus of "Newspaper Night" at Point Pleasant Elementary School yesterday.

Sponsored by The Sun and the county Reading Council, the event was an opportunity to encourage parents to view their daily newspaper as a learning tool.

"A newspaper is an inexpensive educational resource," notes Katherine Wick, reading resource teacher at Point Pleasant and chairwoman of the county program.

Wick has taken the program to several other Glen Burnie elementary schools, promoting the use of the newspaper in teaching reading skills.

"I don't think people give a lot of worth to the ways young people can make use of a paper at home," notes Wick.

Last night's program was to provide 20 stations where students and their parents could make collages from photos, interpret editorials and identify aspects of Maryland's culture.

"We want students to ask, 'What is the art specific to Maryland? What is the work specific to Maryland? What is the food specific to Maryland?' " says Wick.

Perusing a newspaper isn't the only reading project at Point Pleasant. The school has been awarded a grant from the Maryland Arts Council to sponsor 12 workshops next spring to teach fourth-grade students to write plays. Actors from a Washington-based stage company will perform some of the plays.

For information on the reading programs available at the school, call 410-222-6425.

Spaghetti dinner

Members of the Old Mill High pom squad will be serving up the pasta at a spaghetti dinner from

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church on Stevenson Road.

A menu of salad, spaghetti, bread and beverages will be available for eat-in or carryout at $4.75 for adults, $2 for children 12 and younger.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to help send the 15-member dance group to Orlando, Fla., to perform in the Citrus Bowl halftime show, said self-described "pom-mom" Margie hTC Schmidt. Her daughter, Michele, is a member of the troupe. Information on the dinner or to make a donation: 410-969-3211.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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