Live Without Friends?

Joy dueland

"Well, if you were halfway intelligent, you'd never be a Christian Scientist," Herb said. Nancy, who had grown up in a family of Christian Scientists, knotted up inside, but she couldn't think of a thing to say in defense of herself. She had begun the year with so many friends she'd been voted in as president of the ninth grade class. But her popularity had dropped to zero under Herb's attacks on her religion.

The lowest day of her life came at midyear when a member of the class had been delegated to ask her to resign the presidency. Not that she'd done anything wrong, they just said a boy ought to have the job. But she knew what they were thinking. At that point, even her boyfriend deserted her.

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I, or Not I
June 28, 1975

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