The evening shadows lengthen into night as a group of neighborhood children play together on the lawn. Bushes here and there make perfect hiding places, and the shrill voices of boys and girls give evidence of carefree childhood, unaffected by responsibilities and unaware of a restless world about them.
An old man walks by and stops to watch the children at play. A little boy hides behind some shrubbery close by the fence, and to him the old man says, “Sonny, my car broke down and I had to leave it at the garage down the street. Can you tell me where there is a place where I can spend the night?”
The boy turns and looks at the shadowy figure outside and replies, “Naw, I can’t. Run along. I’m busy.”
A crowd of teen-agers were out together. First a movie, then a stop for a Coke where a jukebox supplied raucous tunes as they twisted in the latest variation of the dance. What fun to be together without a care in the world!
Crowding into their cars to continue the party in the basement rumpus room of Dick’s home, they hurried by a boy walking manfully down the street with the aid of leg braces and two crutches. They all knew him, but his handicap kept him from joining in their fun. Only in his studies did he excel all the rest of them.
After the cars had started one boy remarked, “We should have asked Mark to ride. It must be pretty tough carrying yourself down the street with nothing much but your shoulder muscles.” “Aw, he’s all right. He’s used to it, and besides we haven’t got room in the car,” was the reply.
Across the town students in the state university were busy preparing for upcoming exams. They represented a good cross section of American youth today—affluent by the standards of the rest of the world, many content with just ...1
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