The candy in the dime store looked so inviting. It was piled in neat heaps on the candy counter. There were chocolate drops with a dark brown color, looking good enough to melt in your mouth. Droozy could feel her mouth water. There were red and white mints in cartwheel shapes, little flat chocolates sprinkled with white sugar dots, and yellow lemon wedges, soft and chewy. In a corner there was a sizable mountain of peanut candy, all wrapped in white transparent paper enabling one to see the creamy caramel-like peanut kisses underneath.

Droozy stood there for a while almost able to taste the pointy sweetness of these delicacies, as it would pass over her lips melting deliciously on her tongue. Eight cents per pound, read the large hand-made sign. Automatically Droozy reached into the half torn pocket of her cotton dress and withdrew her empty hand. Droozy looked all around and noticed the salesgirl was at the other end of the counter weighing large white bags of goodies for a very obese lady. Droozy quickly placed both hands on the peanut kiss mountain and came away with them full of the tempting sweets. “Stop thief, stop,” called out the saleslady in a loud, clear, threatening voice. Droozy ran out of the store, as fast as she could, colliding with people. Her feet flew across the brown wooden dime-store floor, out the glass doors, down the grey streets, faster, faster, and still faster. “Run thief run,” an inner voice shrieked. Around the corner, across the street, between whizzing cars she dashed, still hearing the horrible voice of her pursuer following her everywhere. For miles and miles, so it seemed, she ran, panting and quaking to run from the crime. Droozy’s heart pounded harder and harder in her chest, her breath came in short spurts. She did not stop until she was inside the door of her parents’ home, where she quickly turned the key to lock herself in. “They can’t get me now,” she thought. She looked at her hands and they were empty. She had lost all of the candy along the way.

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