Sometimes a girl needs her Mama to just understand
"Honey, that's silly" Mama replied smiling, "she's just trying to get attention by telling stories. You can't let her silliness bother you".
"But then she said that Papa didn't die in the war! She said he ran away because he was afraid of us".
Mama's smile died and her eyes hardened. "You know that isn't true, honey. Now you just forget all this, and let's go to the park".
The next morning, when Aimee got to school, Mary Jo was in the nurse's office. A large wart had begun to form over the tear duct on her right eye, and while she was there, another wart had appeared inside her right nostril, and had actually grown so fast that it was beginning to protrude from the nostril. Mary Jo's wails faded as Aimee closed the classroom door and took her seat.
"How was school"? Mama asked when Aimee got home.
"Fine, Mama", was the cheerful reply. "Thank you, Mama" she whispered as she passed.
"You're welcome, honey", Mama said with a smile. She returned the spell book to the secret drawer.