The sound of Not Sad

Penny’s  dad has marched off to answer President Lincoln’s call for soldiers.

Penny doesn’t dare be sad about that, because Mama is clearly holding herself back from crying, and so is Big Sister Belle.  But Penny’s flute teacher has also marched off to war, so Penny will be sad about him instead. 😢

So she will practice her flute as best she can while Teacher is gone. That’s how she’ll make her teacher proud.  Unlike her daddy, who she is totally not worried about in any way at all. 🎶🤔🎶🤢🎶

She wouldn’t cry, crying would make her flute sound funny. She wasn’t crying at all right this very minute.
“Penny, what’s wrong with your flute?”
“Nothing!”

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