Droozy was crunching a crisp green apple which was too good not to share with someone. She looked around and remembered her six month old brother in the next room, who lay cooing and gurgling in his crib. “You poor dear little fellow, wouldn’t you like a bite of my luscious apple?” asked she as she leaned over the happy young tike. Droozy stroked Benjamin’s cheek with one hand and then decided to offer him a bite of her favorite fruit. She put the apple to his mouth but he only stuck out his tongue, licking the peel. She felt very sorry that he could not share the delectable flavor. After some thought she had an idea. She would chew chunks out of the apple and place them into her brother’s mouth. She carefully took five bites, each time dropping the pieces into her hand. Next, she opened Benjy’s mouth and stuffed the chunks of apple into it. Seconds later the little boy was choking and attempting to cough. He turned a bluish color and Droozy was very, very frightened. She patted her little brother’s back, all the while talking to him: “But I only wanted you to taste this good, good apple.” When the infant was struggling too hard for breath, Droozy quickly ran for her mother to tell her that something was wrong. Her heart was beating rapidly but she mustered the courage to report that the child could hardly breathe. “What have you done to him?” was the quick response. “Nothing, Mama, someone must have fed Benjy something. Perhaps it was my girlfriend who was with us in the yard not too long ago.” The mother turned the infant upside down, pounded his back and finally reached into his throat to recover the apple pieces. “If I catch the person who did this, she’ll regret it.” Although Droozy had intended to tell, this settled it and she didn’t dare. Mother suspected her in any event and asked the child to take an oath that she was not the culprit. “As true as I live, I did not do it,” lied Droozy, with her fingers crossed and her heart pounding.

    Little Benjamin was physically fine but it taught Droozy a lesson she never forgot. She realized that infants cannot chew, and also that it was terribly painful to have lied to her monther.  For months she felt ashamed when she thought of the apple incident.  Six months later Droozy confessed to her mother that she had been the culprit

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
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