In hindsight, I should have seen it coming. The house was too quiet. The Nintendo was off. The television was silent. The water faucet was still (I had hidden the Super Soakers under the dirty laundry). The bicycle stood inverted on the driveway, awaiting yet another new tire.
Suddenly my Mother Alert began to stir. The hairs on my arms stood at attention. The dog scampered up the stairs. I frantically searched for an escape. Too late!
I knew it was coming. I turned, trying to ward it off with a clever use of Popsicle sticks and gum, but there it was.
The sound rose from the depths of his soul, representing all that is truly annoying in life.
"There's nothing to do!" he cried.
Alas, we have the wails of August.
Surrounded by a wealth of toys, books and blow-up plastic toys that were an absolute necessity for happiness and joy when purchased last week at the carnival, he stood there completely devoid of any idea what to do with himself.
Then, I announced that it was time to match the 4,113 white socks in their sock drawer. As if by magic, the game of SPUD began to look pretty good.
Mere mortals measure time in minutes, hours, days. But mothers use another guideline -- the whine factor. Our theory holds that as the summer progresses, the time between whines diminishes and with all variables in place, school begins exactly the day before you turn into your own mother and scream, "I'll give you something to whine about!!!!"
Does school start tomorrow?
If you wish to register a suggestion with your local school that perhaps classes should begin tomorrow instead of the scheduled Aug. 31 date, you will have to change the phone number in your auto-dial.
All of the elementary schools and one middle school in the Glen Burnie area have changed their phone numbers as part of a new telephone system within the Department of Education.
The telephone listings for area schools are as follows:
Corkran Middle, 222-6493; Freetown Elementary, 222-6900; Glen Burnie Park Elementary, 222-6400; Glen Burnie Senior High, 761-8950.
A5 Glendale Elementary, 222-6404; Marley Elementary,
222-6414; Marley Glen Special, 222-6940; Marley Middle, 761-0934; Oakwood Elementary, 222-6420; Old Mill Middle North, Old Mill Middle South, 969-7000; Old Mill Senior High, 969-9010.
Point Pleasant Elementary, 222-6425; Quarterfield Elementary, 222-6430; Richard Henry Lee Elementary, 222-6435; Rippling Woods Elementary, 222-6440; Ruth Parker Eason Special, 222-3815; Southgate Elementary, 222-6445; Woodside Elementary, 222-6910
The August luncheon meeting of the Glen Burnie Christian Women's Club will have a back-to-school theme Tuesday at Michael's Eight Avenue, 8th Avenue and Gray Burn Drive. The doors open at 11:15 a.m., with the luncheon beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Back-to-school clothes will be the focus of a fashion parade, with children's styles provided by T.J. Maxx.
Judy Clark, of Westchester, Pa., will share the "ABC's of Living." Joyce Nellingback, of Linthicum, will sing.
A nursery will be provided.
Tickets are $9 and include the luncheon. For reservations, call 766-3250, 789-1547 or 247-0513.
Students athletes attending Glen Burnie Senior may want to take advantage of an offer by North Arundel Hospital for a free physical exam Saturday in the gymnasium at Anne Arundel Community College.
North Arundel Hospital offered its professional help to students at Glen Burnie Senior, Meade Senior and Anne Arundel Community College. Members of the hospital's medical, nursing and physical therapy departments will provide the examinations.
Glen Burnie High students are asked to follow the following schedule:
* Boys, last names A to M, 9 to 10 a.m.
* Boys, last names N to Z, 10 to 11 a.m.
* All girls, 11 a.m. to noon.
Students should report to the AACC gymnasium dressed in T-shirts, shorts and sneakers shoes.
For additional information, call 787-4367.
Students at other high schools in the area should contact their athletic director for information about physicals.
Crafts, food, music and a white elephant or two could be the perfect answer for the midsummer doldrums.
The Wellspring Nursing Center is hosting its annual bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,Saturday, at 7355 Furnace Branch Road.
A variety of music will be heard throughout the day, including Joe Harris' Jazz Band, The Kelly's, a country music duet, and Mark Johnson of the Mount Winan United Methodist Church. In addition, the choir from Bethany Baptist Church, under the direction of Donnel Cole, and the Community Baptist Church of Patapsco Choir, directed by Yvette Jackson, will entertain.
Antique autos from the club, Just For Kicks, will be displayed. Those looking for a more modern version of the horseless carriage will find several area car dealers displaying their 1992 models.
The antics of the Freestate Clown Alley will entertain children of all ages with a performance at noon. Throughout the day, youngsters can have their face painted or go for a tractor ride through the fields of Glen Burnie.
Admission is free, and the community is welcome to join the 20residents of Wellspring as they celebrate summer.
For information, call 766-3460.
For 41 students at Freetown Elementary School, classes began a little early this year when members of two area sorority chapters volunteered their help with a summer tutorial program.
The Glen Burnie chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta sponsored the program as part of their continued effort to enrich the education process for children in the community.
Comprised of black, college-educated women, the sorority members cover practically every profession, and serve as role models and mentors to the students.
The two-week summer program operates weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m., which required a major schedule adjustment for most of the 20 tutors.
"Some of the sorors take comp-time, some of them take their lunch time and some of them schedule their vacation time so they can do this, but they do it because they're fulfilling a need," explained Barbara Bowen, program chairwoman for the Alphas. Ramocille Johnson is the chairwoman for the Deltas.
This is the second summer for the program at Freetown. Initially the sororities started the program at a local day-care center, but decided to approach Freetown's principal, Charlene Pryseski, with the idea of expanding the reach of the program. Their offer was greeted enthusiastically.
Each spring, after evaluating the students' scholastic records, the school notifies the parents of children who would benefit from the special help. The program is optional and the children can attend only with their parent's permission.
The students work on reading, math and work study skills. Based on the success of the project, the sororities plan to continue the tutoring for the summer participants one afternoon a week after school begins.
The sorority sisters have been helped daily by four student assistants: Nilah Magruder of Freetown Elementary, Shariff Magruder of Marley Middle and Tershea Pinder and Nelson Matos of Glen Burnie Senior.
The program ends on Friday on a fun note, as employees of Westinghouse stop by to play a game of "Jeopardy" with the students.
Registration for the 1992-93 school year is being accepted at the Olde Mill Christian Academy, 649 Old Mill Road.
Principal Elizabeth Roger describes the facility as "a small school in beautiful surroundings offering quality education."
The school offers classes for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.
For registration information, call the school office at 987-4714.