As Mother's Day approaches, it is once again time for my annual "Salute To Mothers" column.
Both my sister and my sister-in-law are about to become mothers for the first time. In the middle of all the baby showers, Lamaze classes and arguments over naming the child something like "Taber," there lies the reality that this job has no set hours, no pension, and once you've started, you are pretty much in over your head for life without an instruction manual or a warranty card.
So mothers-to-be, here is your first Mother's Day gift. Free advice.
* Toward the end of your pregnancy, you should try to shave your legs every day, if possible. Most Lamaze instructors will suggest you need a special object from home to focus on during "those stages that may be a wee bit uncomfortable." If you don't shave your legs, the only thing you'll focus on will be your bristly knees.
* If you have a daughter, avoid naming her anything that ends with an "i" or "ie." As she approaches the teen years she will dot this "i" with a succession of hearts, circles, flowers, ad nauseam. As she enters the work force, she will eventually grow to hate her name and blame it and you for her inability to break through corporate America's glass ceiling.
* Enjoy your days in the grocery store while you can. Savor that smug feeling you get when you see a harried mother of three negotiating a settlement over the Trix or the Lucky Charms. Go ahead, give her that I'll-only-feed-my-children-healthy-and-natural- food look. Motherhood is a humbling experience, and one day you may consider yourself Donna Reed if you heat up the Pop Tarts in the toaster instead of giving them to the kiddies right from the package.
Happy Mother's Day, Glen Burnie.
Tuesday is "Spring Into Art" day at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School.
This day-long celebration of art will be realized through the efforts of dozens of volunteers under the direction of Suzanne Whitmore, director of development, and art instructor Pat Toth.
Whitmore brought the idea to Slade after observing a similar program at Jeffers Elementary School in Howard County. With ** the assistance of the Howard County Arts Council, Whitney and Toth have organized a veritable three-ring circus of art activities.
Artists whose talents encompass a variety of expression and media will work with the students.
"The whole day is dedicated to appreciation of the visual. The students are going to do hands-on activities as well as observe demonstrations by the various artisans," said Toth. "From the very beginning of the day, there are things scheduled in the auditorium and the classroom and throughout the building. It's a whole day's worth of different things."
Puppeteer Shirley Jacobson Levine will teach the kindergarten pupils to make a puppet, while Abu creates musical instruments from found objects with the second- and third-grade students.
Sgt. Barbara King, a sketch artist for the county police, will show students in grades four and five how portraits can be drawn through the use of descriptive phrases.
Freda Gandy will work with students in grades four through eight demonstrate print making.
"Four hundred students -- one brave lady," said Toth of Gandy's efforts.
Students will be able to visit work stations and choose an art project to work on. Eight volunteers from the Pascal Center and approximately 50 parent volunteers will assist the students.
Workshop artists include: Carol Maniocha, stained glass; Suzanne Owens, jewelry making; Janet Swarez, fabric baskets; Kathy Furth, cake and cookie decorating; Susan Grube, face painting; Barbara Glodeck, pottery demonstration.
If you haven't found a gift for Mom yet, perhaps two spring fairs will save the day.
Lucille and Richard Galla are coordinating St. Alban's Annual Spring Fair, but they are depending on the Rev. Dennis Testa to make arrangements for the weather to be perfect for his congregation's event Saturday.
The fair, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's fairgrounds, will include activities for everyone in the family: games, crafts, food, a baseball card show and even an antique auto show.
Spaces for craft workers and baseball card vendors are still available for $25 each.
Richard Galla says money raised is for a good cause. "The money from the baseball card show, the food, games, craft tables -- everything -- will be used for the Glen Burnie Health Center. All the money raised from the antique car show will go to the Ronald McDonald House [in Baltimore]."
The antique car show is being sponsored by the Vintage Tin Car Club under the chairmanship of Nelson Cross. This is the second year the club has participated in the fair.
"Last year, we had over 130 cars and this year, registration is running ahead of last year's," said Cross.
There is $10 registration fee for each car. Although advance registration is suggested, owners may register Saturday morning early as 8 a.m.
Thirty-one trophies will be awarded starting around 2 p.m. In addition to the People's Choice Award, trophies will be given for the top five cars in six categories: street rods; restored autos, pre-World War II; restored autos, post-World War II; trucks; street machines; and customs.
For information concerning the car show, call 987-4887; for craft spaces, 761-8340; for baseball card vendors, 761-3480.
* On the other side of Ritchie Highway, members of the Point Pleasant Elementary School community will enjoy May with a spring carnival of their own this Saturday.
The day's activities will begin at 9 a.m., with a physical education program in the intermediate building. Under the direction of physical education instructor Amy Williams, students in first through fifth grades will demonstrate exercises, rope jumping and dancing.
After the program, the fair will open with food, crafts and games for all ages.
A bake sale has been planned to help finance the fifth grade's end-of-the-year picnic.
Craft workers interested in reserving a space should call 768-5216.