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Part 14: “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Chapter 5: Smiling into My Future, continued I entered second grade with more than a little trepidation. I’d heard about the second-grade teacher, Mrs. Tackacs. There were all kinds of rumors about her. I was told she was really mean. Someone claimed she had stepped on a boy’s leg on purpose because he had it out in the aisle. Had …

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Part 11: “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Chapter 5. Smiling into My Future Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe When I entered first grade, I was still the only Amish child in my class. There were times when I had to stay on the sidelines. During exercises in the gym there were certain things …

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