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The Great Depression
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Kids in Depression Times: Wally - 1938



Kids in Depression Times: Wally - 1938
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     challenging words:    battah, full-time, hard-working, pitching, Whaddya, whap, lower, tears, kids, onto, burger, freight, mill, jobs, quitting, sounds
     content words:    Rusty Johnson, Uncle Harvey, Aunt Shirley, Fort Peck


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Kids in Depression Times: Wally - 1938
By Toni Lee Robinson
  

1     "Hey, battah, battah!" The kid with the bat scrunched his hat down and crouched at the plate. The pitch floated out slow and easy, like a sailboat on a sunny day. The kid swung. Whap! The ball sailed way out past the fence. I shook my head and turned away.
 
2     Better get to work. Nothing to see here. I picked up my bag of papers. My baby sister could throw a ball better than Rusty Johnson. But his dad owned the grocery store. He didn't have to sell papers. I stepped out on the corner. "Get your paper here!" I yelled.
 
3     I said the same thing a million times a day. But it'd be a good hour till I'd have any sort of crowd. I read ads in the store window. Ladies' hose -- $1.50 a pair. Pretty lame stuff. Bread - 8 cents a loaf. Hamburger - 15 cents a pound. I pictured a hot, juicy burger.
 
4     Yum, I thought. Why in the world you would buy a buck-fifty pair of fancy socks when you could get let's see ten whole pounds of meat for the same price? Didn't make sense to me. It'd been a year or two since I'd even smelled a hamburger.
 
5     Things hadn't been so good since my dad left. He'd lost his job a couple of years ago when the mill had fired everybody. Then they'd hired new workers at lower wages. There were lots of guys who'd work for almost nothing.

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