A son's injury brings out qualities of his father


October 29, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"MOM, WHEN you get a moment ." My son's voice wavered.

For the 73rd time that evening I returned to his room to attend his needs. Injured last week in a football game, the trauma affected my Glen Burnie High defensive end in a truly horrifying manner.

He had turned into his father.

"I just need another pillow," he said weakly. "I hate to bother you."

Assuring him it was no trouble, I tossed a pillow with perhaps a bit too much energy.

"Ooomph," he gasped as the pillow whizzed past his ear.

Mumbling an apology, I turned my attention to the debris throughout his room: TastyKake wrappers, empty Coke cans, 11 bowls of hardened Fruity Pebbles cereal. Essential nutrition for the recovering Formwalt male.

"Did you get that movie I wanted?" he asked. "You know I'd get it myself if I only could."

I flashed back two years when his father popped a few ligaments of his own.

By the time my husband recovered, he knew all the hosts of the Home Shopping Network by name and had begun to separate his food supply from the rest of the family's.

In time he returned his Fig Newtons to the kitchen, but we have numerous pieces of Star Trek memorabilia as a reminder of the experience.

"Mom? Mom? Did you hear me?" my son said earnestly. "I said thanks for everything. You're the best."

My heart melted. What a great kid.

"Now could you hand me the television remote? Leonard Nimoy's selling limited edition Tribble plates on Channel 24."

Get well soon, Gopher Boy.

Community trick-or-treat

Halloween gets an early start with a community trick-or-treat from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Mariner Health Convalescent Center, 7355 E. Furnace Branch Road.

Residents will hand out candy to area youngsters as they visit. Staff members will have a haunted house with spooky surprises for every age.

Information: 410-766-3460.

Holiday craft shows

With Christmas less than two months away, the weekend provides two opportunities for holiday shopping.

Glendale Elementary School is holding a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the multipurpose room, 105 Carroll Road.

Some spaces are available for craft workers. Half a cafeteria table rents for $20.

Information: Barb Miller, 410-590-4812.

Handmade crafts and baked goods will be available at a Christmas craft show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave. Information: 410-761-4607.

Family programs

The Family Involvement Center at Oakwood Elementary School has announced its November schedule of classes and programs for parents of students enrolled in county public or private schools. It includes:

"Rainbows & Spectrum," a support group for teens who have suffered a loss through death or divorce, 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 21.

"Early Childhood S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting)" continues 7 p.m. tonight and Monday.

"How To Improve Your Child's Behavior," 7 p.m. Nov. 10.

"P.E.T. (Parent Effectiveness Training) Refresher and Awareness Workshop," which focuses on problem solving, 10 a.m. Nov. 11.

Oakwood Elementary is at 330 Oak Manor Drive.

Registration: 410-222-6429.

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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