Each December was very exciting for me when I young, and it has been for you and Lily too, I'm sure. Each December brings such changes.
I remember when we received Lily, the day she had become a One . . .
The Naming Ceremony. . .
Newchild Twenty-three, Lily
I remember my Ceremony, how my parents and my sister looked. But to be honest, there was not the element of surprise that there is for you, because I was fairly certain what my Assignment would be.
I am nervous about the Ceremony of twelve . . .
No, I don't think so. Of course the Elders are so careful in their observations and selections.
Were any of the Elevens disappointed your year?
Remember Jonas, fun doesn't end when you become Twelve.
With your Assignment, you'll move into a new group, your friends will no longer be as close.. But there will be good changes too, you will find yourself surrounded by people with the same interests as you.
This is certainly a very long private conversation, and there are certain people waiting for their comfort object.
Here you are Lily-billy, I'll come help you remove your hair ribboons.