But to be honest, Jonas, his father said, for me there was not the element of suspense that there is with your Ceremony. Because I was already fairly certain of what my Assignment was to be. Jonas was surprised. There was no way, really, to know in advance. It was a secret selection, made by the Girl with Cross not today satan not today shirt leaders of the community, the Committee of Elders, who took the responsibility so seriously that there were never even any jokes made about Assignments. His mother seemed surprised, too. How could you have known? she asked. His father smiled his gentle smile. Well, it was clear to me—and my parents later
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confessed that it had been obvious to them, too—what my aptitude was. I had always loved the Girl with Cross not today satan not today shirt newchildren more than anything. When my friends in my age group were holding bicycle races, or building toy vehicles or bridges with their construction sets, or— All the things I do with my friends, Jonas pointed out, and his mother nodded in agreement. I always participated, of course, because as children we must experience all of those things. And I studied hard in school, as you do, Jonas. But again and again, during free time, I found myself drawn to the newchildren. I spent almost all of my volunteer hours helping in the Nurturing Center. Of course the Elders knew that, from their observation.