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My adventure at the beach

Once when I was four I was left all alone at the beach. Here's what happened. My family and some friends had gone to the ocean to spend the day. There were nine of us there: Mommy, Daddy, my new baby brother, the baby sitter to help with the baby, our close friends and their two girls. We had a good time playing in the sand and the water. I was allowed to play in the very shallow water, but I was always supposed to be where Mommy and Daddy could see me and I could see them.

Here comes the scary part! When I came up the beach to find them, my family and friends were gone. I was frightened. I went up to the very top of the beach. I started walking back and forth, and as I walked I cried. But do you know what else I did? I sang Mrs. Eddy's hymn—my favorite—"Shepherd, show me how to go...." Christian Science Hymnal, No. 304. The complete stanza reads:

August 10, 1987

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