WHY ARE you sitting in the dark, alone, watching Lifetime's 'Personal Crisis' movie marathon," my friend asked as she entered my house unannounced.
When her eyes caught sight of the television remote in my hand, she stopped, the realization of the moment swelling over her.
"It's just you here, all alone?"
Yes! The husband and kids were off to West Virginia for some family visit -- "Hillbillyfest '98" or something like that.
"So the house was yours all weekend?" she asked in awe. "What did you do?"
Where to begin? First I entered the house using my key, which to my delight still worked, even though I can't recall the last time I used it, because someone is always home.
I watched videos, then rewound them using the VCR and not the automatic rewinder shaped like a Corvette, even though my husband assures me that it "saves the VCR from years of wear and tear".
I located my hidden box of Cocoa Pebbles and ate cereal for dinner two nights in a row. I drove the car before the engine warmed up.
My friend stared at me. "Thank goodness they don't leave you alone too often. You really lived life on the edge."
Later, my family returned, sloughing off clothes and shoes, arguing over who got to use the phone first. The house began to smell like "Polo" and socks.
"Did you miss us?" my husband asked.
Of course I did, I assured them. And I did. But for one shining weekend it was
Almost heaven, Glen Burnie.
'Teddy Bear Tea'
Big bears and baby bears, koalas and panda bears -- there are no bear-riers to these furry guests when first-grade teacher Peggy Rainbow and her students play host to a "Teddy Bear Tea Party" this afternoon in their Point Pleasant Elementary School classroom.
Students have been encouraged to bring their favorite bears from home to enjoy a party of "bear food and people food." First-grader Sarah Williams and her mother, Theresa, have made teddy bear lollipops for the party, each with a hand-painted smile courtesy of Sarah, noted Rainbow.
The celebration marks the culmination of a monthlong study of bears, both real and make-believe. Her students have studied bears in literature as well as prepared short reports on their favorite bears.
"We read two different versions of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears,' and the children noticed there were different sequences in the two stories that I didn't even notice," said Rainbow.
The children have practiced their writing skills also.
Throughout the unit a special friend, "Buddy Bear," has been an overnight guest at many of the children's homes.
"Each night one of the children takes Buddy home with them, then they write in his journal what he's done," said Rainbow. Buddy's adventures include a visit to McDonald's and a makeover of sorts.
This is Rainbow's first year teaching at Point Pleasant after a career teaching at various public and private schools. She believes learning can be and should be fun.
"If I'm not doing something like this that gets the kids excited, then I'm not having a good time doing my job," she explains. "If you motivate them, they will learn."
For information on the "Teddy Bear Tea" and other reading projects at Point Pleasant, call the school office, 410-222-6425.
Bull, oyster roast
The North County Emergency Outreach Network will benefit from the proceeds of the 8th Annual Bull and Oyster Roast, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Holy Trinity Church Hall, 103 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Admission is $24.
For ticket information, call 410-761-0427 or 410-787-1456.
Softball, baseball sign-ups
Upcoming fund-raisers and spring registration for softball and baseball will top the agenda of the general membership meeting of the Greater Glen Burnie Junior Sports League at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at Rippling Woods Elementary School, 530 Nolfield Drive.
The sports association will be accepting registration 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in February. Registration fees are $35 per player for teams with 5- and 6-year-olds and 7- and 8-year-olds and $45 for the older teams. Families with more than three players receive a discount.
For additional information, call baseball commissioner Jim Keifline at 410-721-6488.
Pub Date: 1/28/98