"I understand you earned an 'A' for your first day of high school parenting," my friend said.
We sat in the kitchen, savoring the privacy that followed a very long, very hot summer.
Yes, I did quite well. There were no tears as I watched my son leave for his first day at Glen Burnie High. Evidently we were both mature enough for the big day.
I didn't follow the school bus even though I couldn't help but notice the bus driver was wearing a Grateful Dead T-shirt.
I even refrained from stopping by the cafeteria at lunch time with a Chicken McNugget Happy Meal.
"Really? My son swore he saw your car in the student parking lot," she said.
Maybe I did drive by the high school once Monday. And yes, I did stop in the parking lot briefly, but I swear the car was making a rattling noise that warranted immediate attention.
I reminded her, there were no phone calls to his new teachers promising to work the word "Gopher" into all future headlines in the Glen Burnie Neighbor's column in exchange for a locker near the cafeteria.
And at the end of the school day, when asked to transport home a small band of ninth-graders who missed the bus, I managed to be gracious -- not once smugly reminding them how much they still needed mom.
"And Mom needs them?" she asked.
To 4.0 parenting, Glen Burnie.
Students returning to Glen Burnie High may notice the events sign in front of the school has been given a face lift. The new appearance and lighting is courtesy of the Glen Burnie High School Booster Club.
The $4,000 improvement is only one of the projects the boosters have worked on over the summer. The club also has purchased more than $3,000 worth of equipment to help improve and maintain the playing fields.
The Booster Club is a nonprofit group of parents who support school athletics by raising money to buy uniforms and equipment for teams, and letters and sports pins for individual athletes.
The group is selling passes good for admission to 10 athletic events for $20, a savings of $10 over individual admissions. Passes can be used for home and away games and can be purchased the first two weeks of the season.
Officers for the 1995-1996 school year are David Lanham, president; Steve Kuczinski, vice president; Joe Schaffer, treasurer; Mary Lou Graziano, secretary; and Linda Meredith, corresponding secretary.
For information on buying athletic passes call Athletic Director Terry Bogle, 761-8950. For booster information call David Lanham, 768-3849.
A support group for people struggling to adjust to the pain of a recent divorce or separation will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for 10 weeks starting Sept. 11 at the Holy Trinity Parish Center, 126 Dorsey Road.
"Together We Can Make It" works within a small group to empower individuals and establish a foundation for self-healing and change.
A fee of $25 includes all materials needed. Financial aid is available.
For information call Denise Hartsell, 761-9158.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church will sponsor an open house from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Visitors will be given a tour of the building at 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. and an explanation of the significance of the various displays.
For information call Sister Vera at 761-5273.
Returning students at Marley Middle School may have noticed several staff changes this week.
New faculty members include Mary Ann Buckley and Linda Matthews in the science department; Janie Pandula, Christina Longley and Christy Jacobs in special education; and Jay Batterton, art.
Other additions to the staff include Judy Jackson as full-time school nurse and Sharon Castle as math aide.
Parents will have the opportunity to welcome the new staff at Marley's annual back-to-school night at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the cafeteria.