MOM! MOM! Open the door!" my son called as he pounded on the window of the car.
I awoke with a start, confused over my whereabouts. Panning my surroundings I saw dozens of vehicles idling, waiting for the driver's education class to end.
"Move over so I can drive. You promised," he announced.
Apparently dazed by carbon monoxide fumes, I surrendered my seat, my keys and 12 minutes of peace of mind.
"We just saw this video about carjacking, so I'm ready if there are any problems," he assured me. "We also saw a video on drunk driving, so I'm ready on that subject too."
I just concentrated on the bumper car-like fiasco in the parking lot as novice teen drivers wrested the steering wheels from their parents.
Easing out of the parking space at an imperceptible 1.4 mph, we reached the entrance to Ritchie Highway, where he pumped the gas pedal and peeled out in front of a truck. He slammed on the brakes, and we decelerated to a speed somewhere in the double-digit range.
"Don't worry, we saw a video about merging," he said.
As we proceeded home, I cautioned my son to prepare for a right turn. I watched as he held up his thumb and index finger of his left hand to form the letter "L" then muttered, "This is left, so this must be right," as we sped past our turn.
As we pulled into our driveway, my older son called out the door, "The insurance agent called. He said adding Travis to the policy will almost double the price, and he's sending us a new calendar."
Buckle those seat belts, Glen Burnie. There's another Formwalt on the road.
Help for parents
Programs to assist parents of students attending county public and private schools are scheduled this month at the Family Involvement Center, 330 Oak Manor Drive.
The programs are free. The schedule:
"Help Build Your Child's Self-Esteem," at 6: 30 p.m. today at Freetown Elementary School, 7904 Freetown Road.
"1,2,3 Magic," a discipline program, at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and 24 at the Family Involvement Center.
"Helping Your Child Develop Learning Abilities," 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the center.
"Stress Management," 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the center.
"Dyslexia and What Can be Done About It," 7 p.m. March 3 at the center.
Pre-registration is suggested. Call 410-222-6429.
The center is starting a program for working parents that will include seminars and discussion groups during the lunch hour at businesses. For information on the Parents in the Workplace program, call 410-974-0026.
Dietitians with the county Department of Health's Cancer Prevention Program will visit the Glen Burnie Box 'n Save grocery store over the next few weeks to staff nutrition booths and give out low-fat recipes and information.
The booths will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 and 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 20.
For additional information on the supermarket program and other cancer-prevention topics, call the department's Learn To Live line, 410-222-7979.
Update on tax changes
Changes in the state and federal tax laws will be the topic 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.
Tax expert William Ferguson will speak and answer questions.
For additional information on the meeting or to join the chapter, call Dave Burke, 410-761-2934.
Coin club to meet
The South Glen Burnie Coin Club will meet at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road. Doors open at 6: 30 p.m. for members and guest to view the items available for auction that evening.
For information, call Tim Schisler, 410-760-6569.
Pub Date: 2/03/99