UH, OH," said my friend, pausing as she entered the room. "Crutches in the corner, a 'Get Well Soon' balloon limping around the air conditioning duct, Q-tips stuck in your hair. Who's on the disabled list?"
Before I could respond, a feeble cry from the living room interrupted. "Bon," called my husband. "I can't find the television remote. And I could use some orange juice, if you don't mind. I hate to bother you again."
"What happened?" she asked, deftly removing the carton of Tropicana from my hand as I took careful aim in the general direction of the sofa.
Motorcycle, I sputtered. Left turn. Gravel. Knee. Eight weeks at home.
"What are you going to do?" she asked in disbelief.
I explained that things actually were better than they initially had been after the accident. My twitch had subsided considerably since my husband stopped re-enacting the crash for whomever was in the room. I also discovered that playing "Guess What Hand Has The Pain Medication" gives me the occasional rare moment of pleasure.
"Bon, if you get a minute " his voice trailed off.
Anti-bacterials, anti-inflammatories, anti-biotics. Why can't someone invent an anti-whine pill?
Marley Elementary School is holding a fall festival from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in the school's multipurpose room, 201 Marley Station Road.
Organized by parents Vicki Murello and Martha Whitney, the festival offers an evening of inexpensive family fun. Hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be sold for 50 cents each. A bake table will offer an array of homemade goods at reasonable prices.
Games of chance and skill cost 25 cents a try. Winners will collect "Marley Money" that can be redeemed for prizes.
For information, call the school office at 222-6414.
Learn with Big Bird
Big Bird comes to the North County Library for a training session of the Sesame Street Preschool Education Program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21.
The program, for adults only, offers ideas and hands-on activities using books, puppets, songs and crafts. The program, co-sponsored by Maryland Public Television, helps child care providers develop educational activities for children. Participation in the course earns 4 1/2 credit hours from the Child Care Administration of Maryland.
The registration fee of $15 includes the cost of an activity book and lunch. Advance registration is required.
For information, call library headquarters at 222-7371.