[Of Special Interest to Children]

Betsy likes to play house with her friends just as nearly all little girls do. They like to put on their mothers' castoff dresses and old high-heeled shoes and pretend that they go calling, that they cook, and that their dolls are real children.

However, Betsy goes to the Christian Science Sunday School and knows that her play must not include any pretending or make-believe of sickness or of disobedient children. In Sunday School she has learned that God is her real Father-Mother, and that God's children are happy because God created all. Betsy has read in the first chapter of Genesis that the real man is created in the image and likeness of God. She also understands that happiness includes being obedient and being healthy.

One day Betsy and some neighborhood children were playing house in the shady breezeway of her home. Her parents heard her talking with her friends about what they should play next. One of the little girls suggested that the "mothers" pretend that the children were naughty and that they should be punished. However, Betsy did not agree. Then another little girl suggested that they play that the dolls were sick. Again Betsy was firm. In fact, this time she was very firm and said: "No, we can't play that sickness is real, 'cause we're God's children and we must not even pretend that sickness is real. Instead, let's play that we are going to the playground." The other children agreed, and everyone was happy.

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December 25, 1954

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