By Mary Pope Osborne
Thirteen-year-old Madeline's diaries for 1941 and 1942 exhibit her reports dwelling on big apple in the course of global warfare II whereas her father is away within the military.
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DECEMBER 23, 1941 pricey Diary, I instructed mother what Clara had advised me, and he or she used to be very touched. even supposing she’s attempting to get a better price, she gave me ﬁfty cents so Clara and that i may see Citizen Kane and feature sodas after. I enjoyed Citizen Kane. Over our vanilla sodas on the drugstore, i attempted to give an explanation for to her why Mr. Kane, one of many richest males on the earth, longed for his formative years sled forty three 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 S 22 R 23 RRD_001-181_r5kp. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM web page forty four 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R on his deathbed. I acknowledged it was once simply because little issues usually suggest much more than great issues. Clara shook her head. “Sometimes evil humans can kill even the sweetness in little things,” she acknowledged. “Did evil humans ever attempt to harm you? ” I requested her. She nodded, then stated evil humans had as soon as come into her residence. I ﬁgured she desired to inform me her tale. So I casually requested, “What did the evil humans do? ” Clara simply stared at me, having a look extraordinarily unhappy. I felt like I’d opened the door to her worst stories. “I’m sorry,” I acknowledged, feeling in charge and remembering Mom’s caution to not pry. If Clara desired to inform me anything this own she may inform me in her personal means and in her personal time. i attempted to blow away the clouds by way of altering the topic to Theo. I acknowledged i presumed he may possibly like seeing Citizen Kane, too. Clara’s face brightened instantaneously. “No, that loopy guy likes in simple terms to work,” she acknowledged. She advised me Theo has been operating on the grounds that he used to be twelve years outdated, whilst his father died. even if he harm his leg many years in the past in a forty four RRD_001-181_r5kp. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM web page forty five ﬁshing coincidence, he nonetheless works evening and day to aid out his mom. Clara’s eyes have been shining the total time she noted Theo. you could inform she’s loopy approximately him. I’m happy there's something in her existence now that makes her chuffed. DECEMBER 24, 1941 pricey Diary, Christmas Eve. After mother and that i went to a candlelight carrier at church, she gave me my Christmas presents: a white belt and pair of penny loafers. i used to be surprised. I instructed her that i assumed we weren’t speculated to provide provides this 12 months and i didn’t have a specific thing for her. She hugged me and acknowledged that simply having me together with her was once the best reward. Her kindness made me burst into tears. DECEMBER 25, 1941 expensive Diary, Merry Christmas. Mrs. Hawkins and Mrs. Rosenthal are either in mattress forty five 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 S 22 R 23 RRD_001-181_r5kp. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM web page forty six 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R with undesirable colds, and leave out Burke spent the day at her sister’s. So Theo, Clara, mother, and that i have been the one ones at dinner. With simply the 4 people, I took observe of the way lightly Theo speaks to Clara, and the way she stares at him with loving eyes. After dinner, I went into the kitchen and stuck them kissing! It makes me satisfied to work out Theo and Clara jointly. They’re really alike in many ways. They either have been pressured to develop up speedy. DECEMBER 27, 1941 pricey Diary, Clara tapped on my door after lunch this day and requested if i needed to visit the ten-cent shop together with her and Theo.