Miss Outer Space

Betsy's family used to call her "Miss Outer Space." The title didn't refer to beauty or talent. It was because her mind always seemed to be somewhere else. Most other people just called her scatterbrained.

She kept losing things: her math homework, her new blue jeans at the spring Girl Scout camp-out, and her door key—three times! The minutes before the school bus came in the morning were often frenzied ones. "Where are my shoes?" she would shout, dashing from room to room. Or, "Mom, can I borrow 60 cents for lunch? I'll pay you back when I get home from school and find my purse."

March 18, 1972

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