Telling the truth, not covering it up

Seneca was very excited! Three of the older girls in the group had asked if she could go sightseeing with them. They all were on a field trip to Harpers Ferry. West Virginia. Seneca's mom was one of the grown-ups in charge, and that's why Seneca was part of the trip. She was just going into first grade, but all the other girls were going into junior high school.

Seneca's mom decided it would be OK for her to go with the girls for a little while, so off they went. At the bottom of one of the streets there was a little park with a cave where some people would make wishes and throw their change. The girls could see all kinds of coins glittering on the ground by the cave a little way below the sidewalk. The big girls asked Seneca to climb past the fence and down to the cave to take some of the money. She thought about this but knew that the money in the cave was not hers. She decided that if she took any of it, she would be stealing.

Seneca told the girls that the she didn't think it was right to take the money, and she refused to go down to the cave. One of the big girls squeezed through the fence and put as much money as she could into her pocket and climbed out. The girls told Seneca not to tell her mom or she would get them all in trouble.

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Clearing away doubt and fear
January 15, 1996

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