The Wedding Garment

[Written Especially for Children]

One morning, when some small children were leaving school, a little girl made an unkind remark to a boy. A grown-up friend, who was listening, reminded the child that the boy had been kind to her, for he had invited her to his party the next day.

"I hope," the friend said, "that you will be kind at the party." And the little girl replied, in a surprised voice: "Oh, yes! A party's quite different. I always behave nicely at a party."

To some children, and also grown-up people, it seems easier to behave nicely when out visiting than when they are in their own homes. Those who invite us to a party have prepared lovingly for our pleasure and enjoyment, and we are filled with happy expectation of a good time. We put on our party manners to match our best clothes, and our smiling faces and cheerful voices add to the general enjoyment.

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Quiet Moments
September 12, 1936

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