"If I knew that Dec. 21 was, for certain, the end of the world, then I'd probably get up early on the 20th. After all, breakfast is my favorite meal, so I'm thinking from-scratch pancakes and lots of extra crispy scrapple because who cares if the house smells like scrapple for a few days if there's only one day left? And my daughters love my pancakes, especially if I let them have as much maple syrup as they want, because...why wouldn't we use it up? Spending time with all of our family would be challenging; my parents and sister are here in town, along with an aunt and some cousins, but my wife's parents are up on Long Island and her brothers and their families are down in Howard County. I love them too, but if the world is ending, the last place I want to spend a lot of time is on I-95. I'm thinking a big family dinner somewhere between our place and theirs, remembering all the good times, and then home for one last quiet evening with Ruth and the girls. Claudia likes playing Clue and Amelia likes Monopoly, but we rarely have time to play both in one night. Hopefully, they'll fall asleep on their own, so that Ruth and I get some time to ourselves before The End."
Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun photo