presentsAfter the shopping trip one climbed through mists of secrecy…at the Ray house, one did. There was whispering and giggling. Doors were slammed when one approached. Rena was working with crepe paper in her bedroom; Julia kept whisking her sewing bag out of sight. Everyone cautioned everyone else not to look here or there.

“Betsy, don’t open the lowest sideboard drawer.”

“Don’t look in the right-hand upper drawer of my bureau.”

“Keep out of the downstairs closet!”

Betsy knew so many secrets that she was afraid to speak for fear one would pop out like the jack-in-the-box she had seen in the toy shop.

(Quote from Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace)