SO, DO YOU feel any older?" I heard my sister ask.
Looking up, I assumed she was directing her question to my oldest son, who celebrated his 18th birthday Saturday.
"Not him, you," she said. "Do you feel any older?"
Pausing for a moment I realized that I did feel older -- considerably older. In one day, things had changed. Suddenly, I was the parent of an adult.
"I doubt things have changed that drastically," my sister said.
She is wrong.
One day he was in the birthday parade marching behind Chuck E. Cheese. The next thing I knew it was the birthday conga line at Hooters in the midst of several young women who were wearing more eye makeup than clothing.
Overnight, the phrase "When you're 18, you can do what you want, but for now " required updating to "not as long as you live under my roof." He was no longer selling raffle tickets for T-ball; he was rubbing scratch-off Lottery tickets at the 7-Eleven.
"He still needs you," my sister said softly. "He'll always need you."
Suddenly, my son interrupted. He had just remembered he was supposed to register for a lacrosse league.
My heart soared. Did he need me to sign the permission slip?
"No, Mom, I'm a legal adult now. I can register myself," he said, then added sheepishly, "I just need the $95 registration fee."
That's my boy, Glen Burnie.
An afternoon of basket bingo is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, 120 Dorsey Road. Doors open at 12: 30 p.m.
The $10 advance admission includes 20 bingo cards and the opportunity to win prizes from the Longaberger collection of hand-crafted baskets. Ticket will be available at the door for $12.
Refreshments will be sold throughout the afternoon. Proceeds will benefit the school's general fund. Future games are scheduled for March 14 and June 13.
Tickets or information: Allison Thomas, 410-721-7311.
Youths 13 to 15 can participate in a Safe Sitter's Class from 9 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 at North Arundel Hospital, 100 Hospital Drive.
The seminar offers prospective sitters information on health and safety issues, guidelines for baby sitting services and ideas for entertaining young charges.
A $41 registration fee covers all material.
Federal retirees speaker
Diane White will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Glen Burnie Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Glen Burnie.
A representative of Metropolitan Life Insurance, she will offer information and hints on setting up subject files for quick reference on personal matters such as medical information, military service records, Social Security information and civil service annuities.
Retired federal employees, their spouses and guests are invited. New members may join at the meeting.
Information: Dave Burke at 410-761-2934.
Coin club meeting
Members of the South Glen Burnie Coin Club will meet at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 160 hall, 2597 Dorsey Road.
Doors open at 6: 30 p.m. for viewing items available for the monthly club auction.
Prospective members are welcome to attend.
Information: Tim Schisler, 410-760-6569.
Pub Date: 1/06/99