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  • While Miss Landers is off on an extended sick leave, Mrs. Rayburn is teaching Beaver's class. She assigns what she considers a different type of homework: to write a composition on a subject from suggestions by the students. After discarding many suggestions, Mrs. Rayburn chooses a modified version of Larry's suggestion. As it is nearing Mother's Day, each student is to write a 50 word composition not of their mother now, but what she did before she got married. Most students seem to know about their mother's pre-married life, but Beaver doesn't. Beaver does ask June, who tells stories of working as a sales clerk (a job from which she got fired), volunteering for the USO in Mayfield and winning a blue bathing cap in a swim meet, which seems to satisfy Beaver for his composition needs. After some of the other students read their compositions which tell stories of their mothers in roles of authority or in what Beaver considers exciting positions, Beaver secretly crumples up his composition, telling Mrs. Rayburn that he couldn't finish it. She gives him a one day extension. Beaver can't help himself but write some lies - he writes about a woman he sees being interviewed on a television talk show, she being a Broadway actress. What Beaver doesn't realize is actually how scandalous the story is for a suburban housewife like his mother. What will June think if she hears about what Beaver told about her life?

    - Written by Huggo
  • Beaver finds it a challenge to write a fifty word composition for a school assignment about his mother's life as a girl, especially when his classmates' mothers' lives seem much more exciting than June's.

    - Written by shepherd1138

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