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The long days of summer are only just beginning


This is probably a good time to take a parent sanity check, as children have been home from school for about a month enjoying summer vacation.

Typically, a parent can gauge how far into the summer it is by the odometer of the family vehicle. If it has racked up a couple zillion miles, you know that you've made it halfway to the time when the school bell dings.

Of course, there is another measurement -- my favorite -- which is the number of times the little cherubs exclaim, "I'm bored, I don't have anything to do."

When this is announced in every other sentence they speak, as opposed to every sentence, it indicates there is time left to click off the summer clock.

Certainly, there is no boredom in these old veins, as evidenced by friends and acquaintances who repeatedly ask if I live in my car.

It's not as if we do a lot of running to extravagant places. It's those routine stops that are becoming -- oh, so routine!

Almost every day there is a swimming adventure. Tragedy finds its way into our home of little women when the "most favorite" bathing suit cannot be found.

Suits and beach towels are often misplaced, but usually turn up in the laundry basket.

Somehow my 4-year-old has not grasped the concept of washing the bathing suit on a regular basis.

I've tried to explain that if you wear these things enough without a proper cleaning, they will stand straight up in the corner by themselves.

"Not," replies the 4-year-old in her woman-of-the-world way.

Oh, well, I tried to make a point. Then I shudder when I say one of those things my mother said to me when I was a kid. You know, those cliches that you swear you will never say to your children?


As I glance at the calendar and notice that nearly seven weeks of summer vacation remain, I realize there will be many more declarations of boredom and power struggles.

My wonderful ideas (at least to me) of how to keep busy without harassing a sibling will continue to fall on deaf ears.

My children will vacation, play with friends, swim a lot and probably never realize that this could be one of their best xTC summers ever. Not until they are grown will they understand the beauty of these carefree years we refer to as childhood.

With this in mind, I remind my children to enjoy all those moments because, one day, they will be the core of their most treasured memories.


Saturday, the first Westminster City Farmer's Market will set up shop from 8 a.m. to noon in the Sherwood Square parking lot.

The market will be on the lot each Saturday through Oct. 22. To start, about eight vendors will sell items such as cut flowers, dried flowers, meats, cheese, eggs, fruits, vegetables and baked goods.

Information: 848-9002.


If you're unemployed or actively seeking employment and are a Carroll County resident, check out the Job Club.

The Job Club is supported by the Carroll County Job Training Partnership Act and Carroll Community College. It will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Room A216 on the main campus of Carroll Community College.

The Job Club provides a supportive environment for unemployed and underemployed professionals so they can exchange information and resources.

Information: 876-9556.


Tick-tock, tick-tock.

Plenty of clocks are on display at the Carroll County Farm Museum this month as part of the "Famous Designer Series."

On exhibit in the farmhouse display case is a wonderful collection of cameras and clocks designed by industrial designer Walter Teague. The collection is on loan to the Farm Museum from Enrique Conill of Columbia.

Mr. Conill's collection can be seen during the Farm Museum's regular hours: weekdays this month and next month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends through Oct. 30 from noon to 5 p.m.

Information: 876-2667 or 848-7803.

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