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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LE1HBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, March 24, 1973 -w V 1 family life by MAUREEN JAMIdSON "VOU don't actually have lo attend a meeting to got involved in H, you know. I discovered this basic fiict of life my second day on the job at an Edmonton radio sta- tion. I went to the ladies' room in the middle of the an- nual social cluij meeting and foUinicd three or four min- utes later to find myself nom- inated, seconded and unani- mously voied in as secret a ry- treasurcr. time 1 stayed away from R friendly get-logetlw.- of mothers on our block, they formed a Cub pack in my absence and voted mo Baloo, or general gopher for the Cub leader. I wasn't even invited to the last meeting I stayed away from, but my husband v.'ss there. He came Itomn and blithely informed me my services had been volunteered to prepare groceries for 15 (or is it fathers and tcenaged sons heading out into Lite wilds for nine days over Easter. My initial list was short and sweet and greyed with a great deal of enthusiasm by our sons, who are g o i n along to protect their father from the joys of ccmmuainj with nature: which they as- sure mo v.-iil include blister- ed hands from nibbing firo sticks, tummy upsets from unboiled water, and mosquito bites and possibly cholera. However father turned thumbs down on that first list of 10 tons of assorted candy bars, a couple of bags of potato chips and two thou- sand cans of pop. He was noticeably uiienthu- siasiic about my second idea too taking the beef along on the hoof. He felt a livo cow would somewhat hinder his communing. And, in spite of my enthusi- asm for the true pioneer spir- it, lie also vetced my sugces- tion for living off the land. Instant foods, of course, never even got on the list. It takes at least an hour to as- semble the equipment and in- grcdsaits needed to whip something up in two minutes. Eggs were finally accepted. Now u" only T can figure a way ot getting them there un- scrambled. Corned beef also made it. But what percentage of tiie kids who just love it today will hate it by tiie time the groceries are unloaded? And how many parents will be lost in transit and won't need to fed anyway? I've used up three scratch pads working out how many tons of powd'jred milk go irto 15 people in nine The answer is either three or 117. Porridge is another head- ache. How do I divide the number of servings into the percentage of people who ac- tually eat the sM? And how many of the guys will refuse it on alternate Thursdays, just to throw my figures out? Our own prospective camp- ces busy right now dis- cussing the pros and (two pro, con as usual.) of dehydrated this and that, but let me tell you the mast dehydrated thing around our place right now is my brain. To make things worse, a neighbor I have heretofore considered my friend, has upset my calculations no end by insinuating that fresh air will automatically dou- ble the appetites of our happy TI iinderers. [leavens lo murgatroyc! If that's true, our cost of liv- ing over Easter week will me at least 913 per cent. Mind you, I know perfectly well how the whole business Ls going lo turn out. I shall strain and drain my brain and labor mightily to mine forth a respectable menu so my offspring will not cringe with embarrassment. Then, Ihe whole deal is over, 1 shall discover: (1) It was all a lerriMs misunderstanding. Eomshody else's Mum was designated to provide the food and hers was better than mine. My will return leading 16 camels into my kifcben loaded down v.'ith nine-day-old provisions, or: (2) They will ran cut of fcxl two days out ou safari. They will ccme back C2irying gifis of dried rattlesnake, scram- bled grasshoppers and smok- ed piranhas for rne to sample, ar.d as any neighborhood psychiatrist will tell you, I'll flip the lid from their little id and cause great mental anguish if 1 don't polish of! every crumb and lick my fingers to boot. Whichever way it turns out, I can only hope my menfolk have the humanity, sympathy and understanding in their hearts to accept' their gro- ceries in the spirit in which they were unadulterated desperation! Family Living Youth in action Canadian Mental Health's annual provincial award for service to Ihe community has been presented to the Zion League, a youlh group from the Reorganized Churcli of Jesus Christ cf Latter-day Saints. The Lethbridge young people, who last year worv the regional award, received their provincial citation for the they have done over Ihe past ihree years witEi psychialric patients at the Al- berta hospital in Raymond. The young psopte were pre- sented their individual certificates En recogniliort at the annual meeting of Canadian Menial Healthj southern region, held this week ot Si. Michael's nurses' residence. Runaway wives gripped by frustration Specialized foild unit Cam Bracken, regional ad- ministrator loe the Department f Health and Social Develop- ment, has announced that Anne McCormack has bsen nama! supervisor of the newly organ- zed unit specializing in child velfare. She is to co-ordinate and di- rect the services of social vorkers covering juvenile pro- lation Mid child profeetion in Lethbridge and on the Blood reserve; also workers handling adoptions and sen-ices to unwed mothers. regent child welfare ser- vices within the city will also come under Mrs. MeCormack's supervision. This is the area which "takes priority over with- in the department, she explain- ed. It handles "abused or ne- glected and rim- away youngsters from other areas or provinces who have to be returned to their parents. this work also deals "with our kids picked up in otter areas. We contact the she said. The new unit directs child welfare sendees "rr.-ore or less just in the city, with the cxcep- [ion d the Blocd icserve at Standoff." Main reason for combining tiie services, according to Mrs. McCormack is "we're becom- ing larger and there arc more services being required all the lime. We feel if can sim- plify things, then we can pro- dues better service to tile im- munity. Another reason died was con- tinuity of services, because of staff changes, and because "there's a let of movement v.ithln the department" on a regional basis. By DAVID NICHOLSON' "Typically, tile runaway wife i was 34 years oid. She was mar- NEW YORK