"I can't believe you didn't warn me," she accused. "I had no idea when I signed the boys up for football that I had signed away my life."
Her words had a familiar ring. I voiced the same concerns seven years ago when my sons first took to the gridiron. Sitting her down, I offered her the same advice another football mom shared with me one autumn day in 1988.
* Polyester is now a part of your life. Accept it with humility and grace.
* For the next three months, a family dinner will consist of four Meal Deals eaten while traveling 60 mph en route to a scrimmage in some obscure south county community where your son probably will sit on the bench.
* Forget coaching philosophy, ignore won/loss records. When selecting a team for your child always ask if the field has a real restroom or a spot-a-pot.
* Coaches who tell you they welcome your suggestions are lying.
She stared for a minute, unbelieving.
Taking her hand, I shared these final words of advice expressed by my son's first coach.
"This ain't golf, lady. It's football."
It's football season, Glen Burnie.
Area elementary schools will be opening their classrooms to parents for "Back To School Night" next week. For additional information, call the particular schools.
* Freetown Elementary, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call 222-6900.
L * Glen Burnie Park Elementary, 7 p.m. Monday. Call 222-6400.
* Marley Elementary, 7 p.m. Tuesday. 12. Call 222-6414.
el,.5l * Oakwood Elementary, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call 222-6420.
* Point Pleasant Elementary, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Primary Building, 1035 Dumbarton Road. Call 222-6425.
* Richard Henry Lee Elementary, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call 222-6435.
* Rippling Woods Elementary, 6:55 p.m. Tuesday. Call 222-6440.
* Southgate Elementary, 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Call 222-6445.
* Woodside Elementary, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Call 222-6910.
Fun, games and fellowship are planned when Glen Burnie United Methodist Church welcomes Pasadena United Methodist's congregation to the first annual Christian Olympics from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's carnival grounds.
"We'll have games for everyone ages 2 to 92," promises organizer Doug Whipple. "We're planning games like egg toss, volleyball, horseshoes, sack races and T-ball."
After the "Olympics," members of both churches will welcome the community to an evening of fellowship and worship starting at 6 p.m. on the carnival grounds. The Rev. Les Metcalf from Pasadena United Methodist will join the Rev. Olin Herndon of Glen Burnie United Methodist for the service.
Mr. Whipple hopes this will become an annual event, eventually expanding to include all area churches.
For more information, call Glen Burnie United Methodist Church at 761-4318.
Danielle Berry, an eighth-grade honor student at Corkran Middle School, took first place in the Maryland National Pre-Teen pageant this past weekend in Annapolis. She will represent the state in the national competition, scheduled for the week of Nov. 18 in Florida.
The competition was a major achievement for Danielle, who is the daughter of Natalie Berry and the late William Berry.
"Her father died five months ago," said Mrs. Berry. "It was a big accomplishment for her to go on and compete with all she's been through."
Affiliated with the Miss America pageant, Miss National Pre-Teen is selected on the basis of poise, appearance, achievements, scholastic abilities and community service.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church is holding a Friendship Sunday this week at 308 Oak Manor Drive.
The celebration of friendship and community outreach begins with morning worship services at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday school classes for adults and children will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The special activities continue, rain or shine, at 3 p.m. with games and entertainment. A covered dish dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.
The community is encouraged to attend to share in the fellowship and explore the ministries offered through St. Paul's, including Christian day school, adult education, confirmation classes, concert series, camping and Scouting.
For information on Friendship Sunday or any ministries, call the church office at 766-2283.
A guaranteed jackpot of $500 is the top prize at the Church of the Good Shepherd's Bingo Blast XXXV at 1 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 1451 Furnace Ave.
The $20 donation includes game cards, dinner and free coffee and soft drinks.
For information call, 766-8810.