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MARY ELLEN WALTON
Ohhh, I'm gonna be thirteen forever! It's absolutely the worst possible time in a person's whole entire life!
OLIVIA WALTON
You'll live through it. C'mon.
MARY ELLEN WALTON
Ohhh, some days I just hate to face the world! I'd like to just sit up in my room and not have to say a word to a soul.
OLIVIA WALTON
That's natural at your age.
MARY ELLEN WALTON
I'm gonna die on Waltons Mountain and never see anything of the world but Charlottesville!
JOHN WALTON, SR.
Now, sugar, I think it's time you found out. The world is flat. Twenty miles past Charlottesville, it just drops off into nothin'.
MARY ELLEN WALTON
Oh, Daddy, it's not funny!
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] There were many homecomings in my life, but the one I remember best followed a long spell in the hospital during World War Two. A visit home would be the final step in my recovery, and I looked forward to the comfort of those familiar surroundings. I never dreamed that I would bring the war with me, and that it would haunt me, even on Waltons Mountain.
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] In those trying years of the Depression the achievements of any Walton family member were a source of pride for all of us. But the visit to our home of an extraordinary young man gave us all a new, and perhaps more balanced perspective in our views toward academic brilliance. It happened on a weekend when we were getting ready for a church bazaar.
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] I suppose at one time or another, in the course of our lives, many of us have experienced an event or occurrance which could not be explained and, at the same time, was shrugged off as a coincidence or a trick of the mind. I remember a series of such events and, even today, many years later, I still can't help wondering just how much of it was coincidence. It all started one afternoon in late fall...
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Living on Waltons Mountain, we were always in touch with the motion of life. Growth and change, loss and gain were natural and expected. We saw the green leaves turn to gold and then fall to the ground, crumpled and grey. But, all of us knew that when spring came again life would renew itself. But, one summer we were faced with an unexpected kind of change that made us all wonder if the future was really a thing to look forward to.
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] In the spring of 1938, I began to feel the burden of publishing The Blue Ridge Chronicle and finishing my novel. It would be the newspaper which would create a crisis affecting the entire family.
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] During his long absence from the mountain, Rose rarely spoke of her beau and dancing partner, Stanley Perkins, but I suspect she thought of him often, especially when the radio played an old dance tune.
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] With each passing year of the 1930's we reached out for the hope that times were getting better, and that the Depression which had marked our lives was fading. But in hard truth, things remained much the same. There were changes, though, in our family. We didn't seem much different to each other until something would happen that made us look and see that time was surely changing us.
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Times were hard everywhere during the days of the Great Depression; but on Waltons Mountain, we were better off than most. For many, though, it was a time of wandering, of looking for some better place, a new grasp on life or a change of scene. And I remember when some wanderers came to our mountain one wild, stormy summer night.
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Early in September of 1939, shortly after Hitler invaded Poland, England delivered an ultimatum that Germany withdraw her troops. And while war clouds were building over Europe, our family was to face a disturbing conflict over the arrival of a new and controversial figure in our community.