On Stage

[For children]

Every Thursday Trisha stayed after school with some other third-grade girls to practice baton twirling. Usually she loved every minute of the class, but not today. Tonight was the spring twirling show, and many of the girls were afraid.

"I'm scared I'll forget the routine," she heard Maggie say. Someone else was afraid she might drop the baton. One girl was even scared that her upswept hairdo would fall down, and another was afraid of the people in the audience.

Trisha had not thought about any of these things until the other girls talked about them. By the time she came home from school she did not want to be in the show at all.

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The Equality of Men
December 4, 1971

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