Maternal guilt inspires family breakfast

MOM, MY girlfriend wants to make breakfast for me. Don't worry, she'll make it at her house and then bring it over here. She won't try to cook it here," my son said, adding, "I told her how you are about cooking in the kitchen."

The last remark was made without a trace of sarcasm. My children know the truth.


Mom doesn't cook.

"I just had mentioned how much I like pancakes, and she said she'd make some for me," he continued.


Excuse me. Don't we have a whole box of Eggos in the freezer?

"Eggos are waffles, not pancakes," he sighed.

Concerned over my son's obvious fixation on what is essentially variations on bread, I reminded him that both foods were round.

"Mom, you have many wonderful qualities," he paused, searching for the right words. "And I have fond memories of meals shared with Cap'N Crunch, Chef Boyardee and Mrs. Paul. It's just that on occasion I'd like to eat real food."

The next day, consumed with maternal guilt, I prepared a special meal for the family: juice, eggs, Canadian bacon, cheese, hash browns.

Thank goodness McDonald's serves breakfast.

Meet you at the drive-thru, Glen Burnie.

Groups aiding community


The community is invited to help two area organizations as they prepare to share the spirit of the holidays with those less fortunate.

Needy families in North County will benefit from the proceeds of the Lost In The '50s Custom Car Club's eighth annual Toy Run car show from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Motor Vehicle Administration headquarters on Ritchie Highway.

Antique cars, street rods and custom autos will be on display. A visit by Santa Claus -- arriving in a '57 Chevy -- will be the highlight of the event.

Car owners are invited to enter the competition. Registration is $8 in advance; $10 the day of the show.

Admission is free, but donations of new toys and canned goods are welcome.

All proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army of Northern Anne Arundel County.


For information call Walt Miller, 410-987-6235 or Bill Kautz, 410-747-7478.

Donations needed

Amber Coffman, the 15-year-old founder of Happy Helpers for the Homeless, is requesting donations for the organization's annual Christmas present collection.

Amber and her group of volunteers are seeking extra-large sweat shirts, thermal underwear, fast-food gift certificates, toys, winter hats, gloves and scarves, tote bags and toiletries.

Last year, 1,300 wrapped presents were distributed to homeless men, women and children in Glen Burnie and Baltimore. Information: 410-766-4973.

Pascal Go Getters


Holiday celebrating gets a head start when the Pascal Go Getters perform at a meeting of the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow in the Church of the Good Shepherd's hall, 1451 Furnace Ave.

A group of dancers from the Pascal Senior Center, the Go-Getters always provide a bright spot of entertainment with their humorous skits and songs.

Also on the agenda are final preparations for the association's annual Christmas party for its members' children and grandchildren ages 12 and younger.

The party is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Good Shepherd. Entertainment will be provided by Daisy and Bo the Clowns. Santa Claus will also pay a visit.

Information: Joan Valenti, 410-766-4310.

Craft fairs


Unique handcrafted holiday decorations and gift ideas are available at two craft fairs in Glen Burnie on Saturday.

The United Methodist Women of Messiah United Methodist Church has set its annual Holiday Bazaar for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

In addition to handcrafted gift items, home-baked cakes, pies, candies and sweets will be sold.

Information: Norma Barger, 410-768-2153.

A limited number of tables are available for artisans at the Harundale Presbyterian Church craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church hall, 1020 East Way.

Spaces can be rented for $8. Spaces with tables are $12.


Information: Janet Lloyd, 410-551-4286.

Pub Date: 11/12/97