THE SADDEST sight of spring has been the row of daffodils that parades against my backyard fence. Last Tuesday, they were gorgeous -- strong, bright, proud. Winter was no match for those flowers. They could conquer anything.
Then THE FREEZE came. On Wednesday morning, the row of flowers looked uncertain. They stood not quite so tall. Their blossoms bent lower, apparently trying to protect themselves from the onslaught of cold.
After two more nights of too-cold temperatures, the line of daffodils is scarred. Broken stems drag on the ground, ending in sad, withered petals. Other flowers are bruised, but not beaten. They still bloom, though their heads hang lower, chastened by the cold. Only a few stand tall, stronger than ever for having faced the cold and lasted through it.
I guess this year the daffodil's reign has been cut short. But at least I can cherish the few flowers that lasted -- and know that next spring they'll be back.
St. Patrick's Day party
If you'd like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some lively Irish music, good snacks and good people, plan to attend the annual St. Patrick's party at the Crofton Convalescent Center from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 00 p.m. today in the center's dining room at Reidel Road and Route 424.
Dr. Ed Marsh, John and Joyce Maloney and a crew of singers from the center will lead the music. Refreshments (green punch, shamrock cookies and green cupcakes) will be provided by parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Be prepared to meet some marvelous people, to sing and laugh and enjoy being Irish for the evening.
Key Club craft fair
The Arundel High School Key Club is sponsoring a spring craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria. Key Club secretary Cindy Dezio, who organized the event, reports that a variety of crafts will be available. Money raised at the fair will go to Key Club and Forensics Club activities.
Band and orchestra members will be selling snacks.
For information, call Carol Myers at the school, 410-674-6500.
College answers available
How can you help your child choose a college? How does the college application process work? How can you pay the cost of college tuitions? What are colleges looking for in applicants?
If you're pondering those questions, the Arundel High School guidance department may have some answers for you.
The guidance counselors are prepared to share a wealth of information, including the nuts and bolts of financial aid programs, deadlines that must be met and ideas for helping high school students steer through this confusing, often stressful time in their lives.
For information, call the school at 410-674-6500 and ask for the guidance department.
Odyssey of the Mind
One Odyssey of the Mind team from Crofton Woods Elementary School placed first in its group of 10 at the Odyssey of the Mind South Central Maryland Competition Saturday and will go to the statewide contest at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on April 4.
The team, Fast Food Comes to Life, designed and built a pageant wagon and tow vehicle to transport props around a designated course, and presented a skit.
The team members are Devon Arbogast, Lea Erculiani, Katie Hans, Kendall LaRue, Sam Michenzi, Bobby Schmermund and Jessica Palson. They are coached by Don Arbogast and Pam LaRue.
The Create and Animate team from Crofton Woods placed fifth in its group of 18 teams.
The team presented a humorous skit in a near-life-size kitchen setting.
Team members Bonnie Coombs, Kate McLain and Justin Homonai, created the set using common and recyclable materials. Other team members are Katie Hammond, Kristen Wahl, Robert Casey and Garrett Nicholson. The team was coached by Richard and Debbie Homonai.
Pub Date: 3/17/98