When I was a young mother, it was quite a challenge to me as...

When I was a young mother, it was quite a challenge to me as a Christian Scientist to think of the child down the street as my responsibility.

I had taken my two young children for our regular morning walk. As the baby was usually asleep in his carriage when we returned, it was my custom to leave him on a downstairs porch until he wakened. This particular morning he was not asleep when we returned home, so I carried him upstairs to our apartment, leaving the carriage anchored and covered in its customary place.

A little later I heard a bumping noise and realized it was the buggy going down the porch steps. Forgetting that the baby was safe, I flew downstairs and found the carriage at the foot of the porch steps upside down. Relief came when I realized it was empty, but I was puzzled as to what could have happened, as it had not been near the stairs when I left it, and the brake was set. A neighbor came running, and said that a boy had been playing in front of my house and she thought it entirely possible that he had pushed the buggy down the steps thinking the baby was inside, as was usually the case. She also said he seemed jealous of our children and she didn't think he was a normal child.

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July 14, 1973

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