by Janine Stephenson
We’re already five hours into our trip. The bus driver stopped outside of Cleveland. I’m so scared about leaving Madison, but we’re on a great adventure. Becca keeps trying to get me to sing songs with her, but I won’t do it. Not in public.
She brought walnuts for the trip. I packed some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but they’ve already gotten smooshed. On our next stop, I’ll buy some cranberry juice and popcorn. I think that’ll be enough for dinner.
Taking the semester off from school was a good idea, though Daddy wasn’t keen to it. Actually, he hates it. He doesn’t agree with Senator McCarthy and doesn’t understand why I would leave my education behind to work for him. Mom just doesn’t understand, period. Which is what I’d expect since all she ever does is agree with Daddy. Don’t tell her I said that.
He agreed to let me go because I told him that it would be a great opportunity to learn about our country. I didn’t say anything about the war. That would have spoiled things. He wanted to know why I couldn’t work for someone else in Wisconsin. I told him I wanted to learn about New Hampshire as well, and you can’t learn about New Hampshire in Wisconsin. You have to go to New Hampshire if you want to learn about New Hampshire.
It wasn’t a lie.
Considering everything that happened back at Madison, I think they know that I made the right decision. Maybe someday, they’ll understand. They can’t be mad at me forever.
Besides, if the campaign didn’t need help then they wouldn’t have asked. They came to our school to recruit people to help with The Senator’s campaign. Becca thought it would be a great idea, so here we are.
I thought it was a good idea too.
Becca has the best parents. All she has to do is get them the tiniest bit distracted and off she goes. I think they’re in a hurry to get her married. They have other things on their mind.
I’m going to get Becca to help me with a letter of introduction. That way, the campaign will know we’re serious.The News in New Hampshire: Jan. 1-13, Part One