Right on

Meg was nearly sixteen years old, and although she had some nice friends, no one was beating a path to her door. Dates were rare, and she very much wanted to be popular.

When her mother began attending a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, Meg went along—at first only to please her, though it wasn't long before Meg genuinely looked forward to going. When her Sunday School class discussed spiritual individuality, however, Meg wasn't interested. Her need, she felt, was to be liked and to have the right person come along.

Two months before her sixteenth birthday Meg became friends with a new girl at high school. Barbara had an attractive personality and was very popular. Through Barbara, Meg became part of a group of young fellows and girls who often went out together—to the roller-skating rink, the movies, and in winter to the lake on the outskirts of town, where they ice-skated.

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December 15, 1980

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