Droozy met Miss Freedman on the street. Miss Freedman was a friend of the Abner family, a very genteel, kind and friendly lady who had a genuine liking for children. Miss Freedman had a brother in the United States of whom she told many interesting stories, especially about his adventures in the foreign land in which he was residing.

“How would you like to own an American calendar?” asked the spinster of Droozy. It was one that her brother had sent her with authentic English writing on it. This was very exciting for the little girl and she nodded her head shyly, indicating that she would be only too happy to have it. Miss Freedman opened her oversized purse and there, folded in half, was the calendar which she generously handed over. Droozy thanked the lady profusely and skipped merrily home.

At last Droozy had something that no one else in the family owned. She decided to show it only to her favorite family members and would omit her sister, of whom she was terribly jealous. First she very fleetingly showed it to her mother, half covering it with her hand in order to avoid unwanted onlookers. She next took aside her beloved father, who assured the girl that he would place it into safekeeping for her. He would hide it on top of the high wooden cabinet in the bedroom, thus keeping sister Fanny from seeing it. Father went into the bedroom and Fanny followed him. Through the keyhole Droozy could see that he was showing her precious possession to Fanny. Papa had betrayed her trust. Droozy screamed and shouted, jumped up and down with anger and had a full fledged temper tantrum. Her father cautioned her to stop this, but to no avail. The anger persisted and Droozy continued to misbehave. Finally Mr. Abner took his daughter by the scruff of the neck, dragged her up the stairs to the attic and walloped her with a board, which was handily standing in a corner. Droozy’s hand had gotten in the way and was soon swelling from a heavy blow which had landed there. Her father left her there to scream and closed the door behind her. By this time Droozy was so enraged that she tore the clothing from the line, which her mother had hung up there to dry.

From below, Droozy could hear the songs of the Sabbath meal, which was in progress. When the meal had been carried to the table her mother called out: “All right, fat head, come down to eat.” Droozy had a difficult time doing this but after some time had passed she slowly dragged one foot after another down the stairs, and with a tear-stained face she sat lopsidedly down on a chair. She was totally uninterested in the noodle soup and chicken which usually tasted so good. No one at the table spoke to her and she was treated like “air”. Droozy sat quietly sobbing, reluctantly “slurping” her soup, which seemed flavorless to her. What hurt Droozy more than anything was that her father, whom she loved so much, had disappointed and betrayed her.

Pork Dumplings
Please Don't Eat the Goldfish
Pretty Shoes
Blueberry Cake
The Garden
The Red Rabbit
The Lost Bathing Tickets
What Shall I Do?  The Double Message
Pieces of Gold
Aromas of the Sabbath
The Birth of a Brother
Green Apples
Herr Kübler
The Broken Leg
Boarding School
The American Calendar
Suse Puppe
Shirley Temple Eyes
Kristallnacht Nov. 9, 10, 11
Aunt (Tante) Mathilde
Ice Skates
The Cologne Cathedral
The Escape
A Belgian Holiday
Gas Balloons and the S. S. Washington
The Statue
A Bad Dream
A Pencil Thief
The West Virginia Hills
Ice Cream, Grieben and Baked Spaghetti
The Gypsy’s Song
Venetian Blinds
The Deaf One
Dimmed Lights
Norma Mae
The Spelling Bee
Run, Thief, Run!
The Candy Store
The Birthday Party
Deep, Shallow Waters
Red Riding Hood
Small Mama
Droozy In Love
Eskimo Pies
Apple Picking Time
Working Days
Easter Baskets
Blind Joe
Lessons Learned From Parents
About the Author