Today's teen-agers offer their parents some creative challenges

Neighbors

June 17, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TRUST ME on this," my friend said. "The biggest challenges of your parenting career are only just beginning."

I stared at her. In 48 hours, one son had dented the truck, a second was host at a party that resulted in three phone calls from upset parents, and a third used my Jolene Facial Hair bleach to highlight his dark brown hair, resulting in a look akin to a faux fur leopard toupee. This couldn't get worse.

"Oh, sure," she said cheerfully. "When my sons were teen-agers, I can't recall a single weekend when something didn't happen that made me think of them as poster children for birth control. One night, Nate went to a party where he fell into such a sound sleep that he didn't notice when his friends shaved his eyebrow."

Shaved his eyebrows? Why?

"Not his eyebrows, his eyebrow," she said. "The left one. Later, his friends admitted there was no real reason; it just seemed the appropriate thing to do at the time."

I started to twitch.

"Then there was Senior Cut Day 1993, and Brian hosted a small barbecue," my friend said. "We left for work at 8: 30 a.m. At 8: 31 a.m., an abundance of graduating seniors arrived and ate 210 hamburgers before my husband and I arrived home. Of course, our return home was delayed by several police cars blocking the entry to my court."

The police came?

"Actually, they were called for another neighbor who was playing his stereo too loudly, but thank goodness they arrived, or we would probably still be feeding other people's children."

As I sat there trying to absorb all she was sharing, I notice my youngest son creeping toward his brother's room with a can of shaving cream and my Lady Gillette.

Who says today's kids don't listen to their elders?

Father's Day race

The annual Father's Day and B&A Trail 10K race to raise money for North Arundel Hospital begins at 8 a.m. Sunday at the hospital near Hospital Drive and Oakwood Road.

The course winds through the residential community of Fox Chase before picking up the B&A Trail to the turnaround point near Harundale Mall.

The race is open to runners of all ages and experience. The advance registration fee is $8 ($10 on race day).

Registration forms can be picked up from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the hospital's third-floor conference room.

Money will go to the hospital's cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program.

Awards will go to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in men's and women's open and age divisions. Mark Jones and Patrice Malloy won in the Champions men's and women's division last year, and David Webster and Linda Steimo won in the Masters division.

The race qualifies as the fourth leg of the Annapolis Striders' club championship series.

Information: 410-268-1165.

Rehrmann to speak

Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the District 32 Democratic Club at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Sulin's Farm, 85 Burns Crossing Road.

A cookout dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs will be served at 6 p.m.

Guests and prospective members are welcome. Membership dues are $8 a year.

Information on the meeting or club membership: 410-987-5299 or 410-969-9325.

Crisis training

While school is out for the summer, the Family Involvement Center at Oakwood Elementary School is offering training sessions for Crisis Prevention Team members, administrators, counselors, nurses, parents, psychologists, pupil personnel workers and community-based service providers in the county.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held at the center, 330 Oak Manor Drive, and are limited to 20 participants.

These sessions are scheduled for June:

"Recertification: For Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training," 9 a.m. to noon today.

"Alternative Education Best Practices," 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Mary E. Moss Academy, 445 Community Place, Crownsville.

"Turning Conflict Into Collaboration," 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Conflict Resolution Center, 2266 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis.

"Substance Abuse as a Family Problem-Practical Strategies," 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Information or to confirm attendance: 410-222-6429.

Pub Date: 6/17/98

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