"I'm going to be strong"

[For children]

Barbara came rushing in the back door, eager to find her mother. "Mom, guess what!" she called. "New people are moving into the Farrell's house, and they've got a girl just my age!" "Oh, I'm so glad," said Mother, entering the kitchen. "We'll have her over very soon."

The next day Barbara invited her new neighbor, Molly, to come and play. Barbara found out that Molly liked to play with trolls, just as she did. Altogether their trolls made a whole family of wild-looking creatures with bright-colored hair. The girls played in Barbara's backyard quite a long time.

Barbara's older sister, Candace, watched for a while. Suddenly she ducked into the house and knocked loudly on her mother's bedroom door. "Mother, I've got to talk to you!" she said urgently, as the door opened. "Do you know what that new girl is doing? She's using coarse words and acting so silly—and Barbara's laughing at her. You've just got to do something!"

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A Direct Path
May 3, 1969

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