The Moment Lurked

In the fall of 1975, I joined my new second grade class with a new teacher. German studies started the first week of classes. Overshadowing the new beginning was the one major school event for all second graders – the initiation into the communist party as a Pioneer. The moment lurked, inescapable. When that day came, I forced out the obligatory words. The only thing within my power was to keep to myself.