No Rip-off

Marie loved junior high—it was a lot of fun. You made so many new friends. And some of the girls were wearing makeup and getting their ears pierced. Now the girls had the excitement of collecting different kinds of earrings. Some were whimsical, some were dangling, and a few were elegant jade or gold. Christmas gift exchanging was easy because everyone wanted as many earrings as possible.

However, after Christmas, Marie's finances were low, and she wasn't able to buy any more earrings. Surprisingly, some of her best friends had a different pair almost every day. Marie was a little downcast at not being able to keep up, but she figured their parents were just awfully well-off.

One day she overheard Doris saying to Cindy, "Look at these earrings I ripped off yesterday!" She named the best department store in town. Marie was stunned, and her friends saw it. "Hey, Marie, why don't you go downtown with us this afternoon and rip off some earrings, too?"

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We Can Get There from Here
September 11, 1976

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