P.O.W.s: The Children Have Wept Enough

HELP! The kittens are climbing the Christmas tree!" The tree sways dangerously in the suburban Baltimore apartment; ornaments fly in all directions. Giggling ecstatically as they call to their mother, Andrea Rander, the girls—Lysa, 12, and Page, 6—streak across the living room and pluck the month-old kittens, Gamma, Alpha and Fluffy, from their perches in the tree. Then the evening news flashes on the TV screen. Andrea and her daughters lock into place, as if in pantomime of a film freeze frame. Henry Kissinger has met again in Paris with his North Vietnamese counterpart Le Due Tho.

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