Award not always an honor for winner's parent


October 21, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SUN STAFF

I HEARD the good news. Your son was honored in the yearbook. A senior standout," my friend said as she popped in for a visit.

Offering a wan smile of thanks, I busied myself placing our assortment of TV guides in chronological order.

"So what was the award, 'Best Dressed'? I've seen the balance on your Visa bill. Your kids' purchases at Marley Station Mall are singlehandedly responsible for restoring financial stability to the stock market," she observed.

I continued to ignore her.

" 'Most Likely to Succeed'? 'Most Likely to Attend Every Class Reunion in Search of Validation'? Don't tell me, he's the 'Class Flirt,' " she said with a laugh.

The look on my face said it all.

Oh yes. It was genetics over environment. Toss out years of discussions on the merits of the Equal Rights Amendment. Forget how I taught him the alphabet tracing the letters to the editor on the pages of Ms. Gone were the times we addressed what a fine role model Alan Alda was. It was official: My son was a Formwalt man.

His future flashed before my eyes. The sound of "Hey babe!" as he calls out to a waitress to bring the check. Attorneys on retainer. A guest shot on "Jerry Springer" -- the guy they boo.

"You're overreacting. He's a good boy, just enjoying a burst of popularity," she chided.

Just then my son swaggered into the kitchen, winked and pinched my friend's cheek.

"How's it going, beautiful?" he asked.

Can you say "politically incorrect," Glen Burnie?

Halloween happenings

Spooky happenings will abound this weekend as Glen Burnie readies for the celebration of All Hallows Eve.

It's a "Haunted Adventure" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday nights at the Glen Burnie Park Swim Club, 500 Everett Road, with a final presentation of the Halloween event scheduled for the same time Oct. 30.

Presented by the Glen Burnie Park Civic Association in cooperation with Boy Scout Troop 873, the event offers a "Haunted Trail" and a "Murky Maze."

Admission is $2. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.

Information: Mark Webster, 410-969-7356, or Kathy Hagel, 410-760-1792.

Young ghosts and goblins are invited to a Halloween dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Country Club Estate Recreation Association, at Paul Marr and Country Club drives.

The dance is open to youths ages 9 to 13. Admission is $3. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.

Information: 410-760-5053.

Take a Halloween D.A.R.E. when the county police and the Glen Burnie Improvement Association are hosts to a celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the GBIA hall on Crain Highway.

Scheduled activities include pumpkin-decorating, scarecrow-making, a police dog demonstration, games, face painting and a costume contest.

Information: 410-766-6760.

Mariner Health of Glen Burnie will hold a Halloween party for youngsters from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 in the residents' activity center, 7355 Furnace Branch Road.

Children can tour spooky, haunted displays and collect treats from the residents and staff members. Information: 410-766-3460, Ext. 266.

Craft fair

Holiday shoppers can get a head start at CRAFToberfest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, 120 Dorsey Road.

More than 100 crafts people will display their work -- gift ideas, decorations, toys, foods and clothing. Refreshments will be sold throughout the day.

Information: 410-859-1282.

Church anniversary

The congregation of St. Paul's Lutheran Church will conclude its 90th anniversary celebration Sunday.

The Rev. Preston Wagner, a former vicar at St. Paul's, will speak at the 8 a.m., 9: 30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services. Wagner completed his vicarage from June 1970 to July 1971.

The celebration will close with a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Senior Pastor Richard Izzard will be the keynote speaker.

For information on the celebration, call 410-766-2283.

Pub Date: 10/21/98

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