SO HOW was the homecoming dance?" my friend asked my son. "Did you and your little girlfriend have a nice time?"
I shot him my "Do-not-even-think-about- starting-on-this-again" look, but it was easily deflected by his own "Don't-ever-think-for-a-minute-I- will-forget-how-you-embarrassed- me" stare.
"What did she do, sweetheart?" my friend asked, instantly alert to tension. "Control issues again?"
Moving to the center of the room, my son launched into a melodramatic re-enactment of how I followed him to his date's house -- a set of grandparents, a couple of aunts and six rolls of Kodak 100 film in tow.
I was quick to remind them both that the entire incident could have been avoided if he had brought the group to our home to be photographed on the shores of Marley Creek.
"Since you haven't been able to swim in the waters since 1979, I guess the very least you could expect is a good photo op every so often," my friend agreed.
"I tried to explain to her that it doesn't matter," my son continued. "I'm the guy, and I go to the girl's house for pictures. That's about the time she began to wail."
OK, I may have whimpered a bit as I saw my future flash before my eyes. Losing homecoming photo rights was the first step toward residency in mother-in-law world. Thanksgivings celebrated the Saturday after the actual holiday, when everyone is sick of turkey and you end up preparing a TV-dinner lasagna.
It's being the second person called when the grandchildren are born. It's the 5-by-7 family photo because the package from Sears Portrait Studio only had two 8-by-10s and her mother already had that nice, big frame they gave her for Christmas.
The room was quiet for a moment. Then my friend leaned forward and offered a promise that I will cling to through the coming years.
"You don't have to pay for the weddings."
Thank heaven for little boys, Glen Burnie.
Queen and king
Seniors Katie Sloan and Owen Gaither were crowned queen and king of Glen Burnie High School's homecoming dance Saturday night. Congratulations to both.
Amber's aid for homeless
Amber Coffman, the 16-year-old director of Happy Helpers for the Homeless, has begun collecting clothing, blankets, toys and personal-hygiene products for distribution to homeless men, women and children at Christmas.
This is the sixth year Amber and her organization have collected vTC for the project. Her wish list includes thermal underwear, sweat suits, hats, gloves, tote bags, towels, wash cloths, socks, toys and meal certificates.
"Many people give things for children around Christmas but they forget about the men and women. We really need the gifts for men," said Amber, who estimates that Happy Helpers distributes about 1,000 gifts each year to homeless people in Glen Burnie and Baltimore.
Amber, who recently represented Maryland in the nationally televised Miss Teen USA pageant, continues her weekly work preparing box lunches for the homeless. In addition, the honor student at Severn High School presents her agenda at various public events.
Saturday, Amber will attend the Fannie Me Foundation's Halloween Bazaar in Washington, where she and hundreds of volunteers will team up with homeless children for an afternoon of games and activities.
Other activities on her schedule include speaking at an awards banquet sponsored by Maryland health care organizations and playing host to the Maryland Youth Service Forum at the Johns Hopkins University.
For information on assisting with projects, call Amber at 410-766-4973.
Local craft fairs
Area artisans may want to take note of some local craft fairs coming up.
The Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd will sponsor a craft show Nov. 15 in the church hall, 1451 Furnace Ave. Spaces with a table can be rented for $20 each, two for $35. Call 410-761- 4991.
Spaces are available for the Old Mill High School craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21. Spaces are $20, or $25 with a table. Proceeds benefit the Band Boosters. For information call 410-987-4095.
Harundale Presbyterian Church will hold a craft fair Nov. 21, with spaces renting for $8, or $12 with a table. To reserve a spot, call 410-766-6914.
Pub Date: 10/28/98