"Why didn't you call me earlier?" I heard her ask my husband. "You know how she gets around her birthday."
His reply was muffled by the blanket covering my head. Why wouldn't these people just leave me to face the indignity of middle age alone? I certainly did not need an audience.
"Get out of that bed," she demanded. "You're acting like a woman half your age."
Exactly, I cried. I want to be half my age. I don't like my middle 30s.
"Middle 30s? You left your middle 30s during the Reagan administration." Such a sarcastic woman.
I reminded her this type of support was exactly why I elected to spend my birthday in bed, under the covers listening to the Weather Channel.
"Think of all the women who peak after they reach 40: Barbra, Hillary, Margaret Thatcher," she paused. "People magazine even did a cover story on successful older women."
I began to hyperventilate after the phrase "older women." My gasping was interrupted by the voice of my son.
"I think you're the smartest and the funniest and the most beautiful mom in the world," he whispered.
What a great kid. Such astute powers of observation.
Peeking out from under the covers, I chose not to notice my husband slipping him a $20.
After all, at my age I can't see a thing without my glasses.
All the crabs you can eat will be available at the fourth annual crab feast sponsored by the Ann Arundell County Historical Society from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Kurtz Pleasure Beach in Pasadena.
Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 11.
You also may have crab soup, fried chicken, beef barbecue, coleslaw, summer vegetables, watermelon and desserts. Beer and set-ups are included.
For ticket information, call Mary Calvert, 255-2729, or 768-9518.
Proceeds from the crab feast benefit a variety of historical society activities.
For example, at Glen Burnie's Kuethe Library, members of the Genealogy Society are involved in an extensive bookbinding project.
In an effort to make more efficient use of the library's space, members are compiling periodicals, personal histories and other information into book form.
"Loose papers are difficult to file on shelves," explained member Murray Combs. "Many of our family histories are in three-ring binders, which take up a lot of space on the shelves."
Although the work is time-consuming, Mr. Combs and his associates find it important.
"We want people to know when they donate something, we respect it and treat it well," he said.
For information on this or other projects, call 760-9679 from 1a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Next fall, Damon Flamer will be entering his senior year at Glen Burnie High School full of ideas he formulated while attending a two-week math and science camp last month at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Damon, the 16-year-old son of Walter and Margaret Flamer, was one of 30 students selected nationwide to attend camp as a guest of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Society.
During the session, participants took classes in science, math, computers, communication skills and using the university's science resource lab.
Students were selected on the basis of their scholastic abilities and a written essay titled "Turning Black Students onto Math and Science."
Damon represented the Glen Burnie Chapter of the sorority Omicron Omega Gamma. When Dorothy Weddington, president of the chapter, found out about the camp, she immediately sought out Damon and his family.
"She told us Damon was the first person she thought of when she heard about the contest," said Margaret Flamer.
In addition to his interest in math and science, Damon played varsity basketball and ran track for Glen Burnie High School. He also is a member of the school's law club and the Key Club, a service organization affiliated with the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie.
In his spare time, he is an active member of the Kudos, a young men's group under the Phi Delta Kappa sorority, a teaching organization.
Damon is considering studying law or engineering after he graduates.
In addition to the sciences, Damon enjoys writing and hopes to resurrect a student-produced newspaper at Glen Burnie High next year.
"Overcoming Obstacles" is the topic of Monday's meeting of th Leche League of Glen Burnie.
The La Leche League offers support and information to parents about the benefits of breast feeding. The Glen Burnie chapter meets every fourth Monday at the North County Library on Eastway.
Angela Johnson, leader of the Glen Burnie chapter, has extended an invitation to parents-to-be to visit the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.
For information, call 760-5704.
The Summer Reading Program continues at the North County Library with two guests entertaining with stories and songs.
Greg Cooney shares songs about friendship, respect and the environment with preschoolers to third-graders at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Students entering kindergarten through sixth grade will enjoy Jamal Koram and his collection of ancient and contemporary African and African-American stories and songs at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Registration is not necessary, but seating is limited.
For information, call 222-6270.