"F-R-A-C-T-I-O-N. On a triple word square plus 50 points because I used all seven of my letter gives me a score of " my friend paused, lost in her calculations.
"One hundred and forty-seven!" she crowed.
We are very competitive. For years we have challenged one another to be the better Scabble player, better Halloween costume creator, better field trip organizer. We are so much alike, too much alike. Others wonder how our relationship survives two women who each have to be right all the time.
But now that's all over. My best friend is moving away.
"Key West isn't the end of the world," she lies. "We can still call each other and write."
We promise not to let our relationship fade, but we know the truth. Friendship is a fragile thing. It requires nurturing. We know demands of our lives will slowly steal away time reserved for each other.
"You'll find a new best friend," she teases.
No, you can't seek out a best friend. One day you simply realize the phrase you haven't used since 11th grade applies to this other person in your life. It's a gift.
And as she leaves Glen Burnie for a new life of sun, beaches and houses built on stilts, I wish for her new joys, new challenges and a new best friend.
Bon voyage, Sharon. Glen Burnie won't be quite the same without you.
It's an opportunity to walk to feed the hungry when Church World Services sponsors a CROP Walk 1 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m., Oct. 13 on the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail Park.
Participants are encouraged to find sponsors to pledge money for their efforts in either the two-mile of four-mile walk. Each walk begins at the Glen Burnie parking garage on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
CROP is an acronym for Church Rural Overseas Project. Proceeds will be used to fight hunger locally and around the world, said Lynn Archer, publicity chairman of the North County event.
"We want to make people aware that for many people around the world they must walk -- sometimes long distances -- to get food and even water," Archer said.
Archer, a member of Peace Lutheran Church, is hoping that an event where people are asked to make an effort to raise the money will make an impact on their giving.
"Sometimes you need a reason like the walk to go out and help rather than just hand someone $10," said Archer.
A 15-minute video explaining the concept of Crop Walk is available to groups interested in participating.
Sign-up sheets are available at area churches or by calling Kathy Barnes, 636-5791, or Clarence Riggs, 437-0756.
The Summer String Orchestra of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church will present a concert, 8 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall.
The concert, under the direction of Chris Gosper, will include Bach's Concerto in E Major for violin and Handel's "Let The Bright Serafin" from Sampson.
Soloists include violinist Brenda Anna and soprano Victoria Sherr.
The event is free and open to the community. A free-will offering to benefit the church's organ fund will taken.
For information, call the church office 766-2283.
School starts in less than two weeks, and parents are reminded that their youngsters will not be admitted to class until they have been inoculated.
The Glen Burnie Health Center has scheduled a free Back-To-School Clinic, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. next Wednesday at the 416 A St. office, next to Richard Henry Lee Elementary School.
No appointments are needed. Parents should bring a copy of the child's immunization record.
Grades 2 through 12 require proof of three tetanus-diphtheria, three polio, one measles and one rubella. In addition, students enrolled in grades 2 through 10 must shown proof of two measles and one mumps vaccine.
The center will schedule appointments from 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for those unable to attend the clinic. There is no fee, but a $5 donation is appreciated.
For information and appointments, call the Glen Burnie Health Center, 222-6633.
Want to teach?
A meeting for adults interesting in working as substitute teachers at Glen Burnie High School is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday in the school cafeteria.
New and returning substitutes should attend.
Candidates must have at least 60 college credits and be available at least one weekday.
For information, call assistant principal Mary Ellen Mulliken, 761-8950.
Pub Date: 8/14/96