BARELY A WEEK before the holiday that celebrates motherhood, I accidentally delivered a new low blow to my status as a mom.
After many years of heated discussion, my youngest purchased a pager with her own money.
"It'll be great," she assured me. "You beep me, I'll call you, and then you'll know where I am."
Yeah. Right. Sure, I thought.
"We should work out a code so that I'll know it's you paging me," she added.
I suggested spelling MOM on the Touch-Tone pad on the phone, then realized what I had done. M-O-M. 666. The supreme satanic number.
Fish until midnight
The waxing moon expected tonight should be a boon to fishermen participating in the Downs Park fishing event, which lasts from dusk until midnight.
Participants should be in the park before dusk, and all Maryland fishing regulations apply.
Little League parade
Clear skies have been ordered for tomorrow's Fort Smallwood Optimist Club's annual Little League parade, starting at 8: 30 a.m. in the Bayside Beach area.
Several hundred marching kids and coaches will be led by the VFW Post 2462 Color Guard and Northeast High School Marching Band, from the VFW Post 2462 home, down Bayside Beach Road to Bellhaven Road, then on to Poplar Ridge Road, ending at Daniel and Mabel Corey Park next to Fort Smallwood Elementary School.
The Little Leaguers, band and color guard will be joined by the Pasadena Kadettes, members of the Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company and other community groups.
Opening day ceremonies and an afternoon of ballgames will follow. Food and refreshments will be sold throughout the day.
The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will have its monthly meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall on Solley Road.
"You can sharpen your knives and fishing skills at Monday's meeting," said Dave Nolan, PSG spokesman.
Edwin Darwin, captain of the Becky D, who fishes near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, will share tips for fishing success.
"Ed has fished this area for so many years he knows every hump, lump, bump and drop-off. That's what it takes to be successful in getting your limit," said George Bentz, PSG president.
From 5: 30 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m., Bill Mintzer, owner of B&B; Knives from Delaware, will sharpen knives, scissors and lawn-mower blades outside the fire hall.
"He was one of the main attractions at our February two-day flea market," Bentz said. "Many members returned to the flea market and brought their friends just to get their knives sharpened."
Membership in the PSG is free and open to all fishermen.
Volunteers from the Orchard Beach Fire Company will sell food and refreshments, starting at 6 p.m.
Information: 410-HEY-FISH (410-439-3474).
The vocal music department of Chesapeake High School is sponsoring a coffeehouse at 7 p.m. May 15 in the school cafeteria.
"Our five choirs -- men's, women's, jazz, concert and vocal ensemble -- directed by teacher Karen Rhodes, will be performing," as will other local groups, said Linda Hall, parent spokesman. "It's a great ending to a superb year."
Tickets are $5 per person and include coffee.
Information: 410-360-2541 or 410-255-5234.
Day trip to Winterthur
Travel with the Long Point Garden Club on a day trip June 19 to Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Delaware's Brandywine Valley.
Tickets are $50 per person and include a guided tour of the du Pont family house and gardens, lunch at the museum's Garden Restaurant, bus ride and tip. The bus will depart at 8 a.m. from Lauer's IGA on Edwin Raynor Boulevard and return at 6: 30 p.m. Information: 410-437-1376.
Pub Date: 5/08/98