Mom enforces her zero-tolerance policy


WHAT WERE you thinking?" my friend asked as we surveyed the leftover chips, salsa and empty Coke cans strewn about my garage.

Apparently, whatever I was thinking wasn't quite the cohesive thought process required when your 15-year-old son asks to have a few friends over for a small party. Thinking back, I should have known this wasn't the type of party I was used to when my son declined my suggestion of a pinata, which was such a hit at his sixth birthday party in 1989.

"On the basis of the pinata idea alone, I suspect your plans for the evening were not quite in line with the kids' plans," she observed.

They had no plans. Apparently, once you reach 15, a party is simply an opportunity to eat huge amounts of junk food while simultaneously making sure you spend enough time checking in with your parents to allay their fears that this gala will be the above-the-fold headline in the police beat section of the paper the next day.

It was a classic challenge of trust vs. reality.

"So how did you balance this dilemma?" my friend asked.

After I informed all attendees that this was a no-smoking, no-drinking, no-drugs party, everything went smoothly.

"Total compliance at your 'no-fun' party? Hard to believe," she said skeptically.

The children respect me. I have a trusting relationship with all my sons' friends.

"Don't forget the part where you told everyone your brother-in-law was the admissions director at a drug and alcohol rehab center and same-day admission with a body cavity search was an option you were willing to explore," reminded my son.

Party on, Glen Burnie.

Kiss-A-Pig 5K

Runners should prepare to take their mark for the third annual Kiss-A-Pig 5K Run to benefit the American Diabetes Association at 9 a.m. May 17 at the Avalon area of Patapsco State Park off U.S. 1 in Elkridge.

Sponsored by the Glen Burnie High School National Honor Society, the event raises funds for research into a cure for the disease and raises awareness of the association and its programs.

Runners can register up to the day of the run for $20. Groups of 20 or more can register for $12 each. All participants will receive T-shirts and breakfast. Awards will be given to the winners in several age categories and to the top three overall male and female winners.

This is the first year the Honor Society has assumed responsibility for the race from Brok McFerron and Greg Skipper, Glen Burnie students who came up with the race idea as a way of satisfying their service learning requirements.

The seniors went to the Honor Society to "pass the torch" in hopes of keeping the race going after they leave for college. McFerron has been accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Skipper plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park.

For registration information, call Skipper, 410-255-4723 or McFerron, 410-969-8282.

Honor Society inductees

The Glen Burnie High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted new members at last month's candlelight service.

Inducted were: Deborah Anthony, Sarah Bjork, Heather Bodine, Andrew Bonn, Tiffany Carter, Michael Chapman, Min Ji Chung, Deitrick Curry, Katherine Danforth, Philip Davis, Patrick Ellis, Jill Emerson, Sherry Fields, Kate Foster, Karen Garrett, Teresa Harrelson, Julie Hartig, Patrick Heline, Casey Henderson, Kenneth Henry, Melissa Hildt, Catherine Holland.

Also Wendy Iser, Takia James, Hushmat Jamshed, Jamie Jones, Jacek Kalmus, Stephanie Knight, Amber Koon, Donna Lupinos, Melissa McEnnaney, Ben McFerron, Raven Mimna, Laura Moody, Byung Chan Moon, Byung Kuk Moon, Bich Chau Nguyen, Tammy Noe, Teresa Pachuki, Shivanee Padilla, Michael Parks, Jacqueline Parton, Aimee Peralta, Stephanie Pratt.

Also Melody Reitzig, Shenel Rogers, Susan Shanks, Paul Shiffrin, Stephanie Shireman, Carla Short, Katie Sloan, Nathaniel Smith, Susan Sperduto, Patricia Teakle, Paul Wetzel, Michelle Whelan, Danielle Wijanco, Jessica Willis, Krista Wright , Nicholas Wzientek and Lynn Yang.

Pub Date: 5/06/98

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