|March 21, 2013
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
My dad was with MacArthur in the South Pacific, in the
Philippines, in New Guinea, and with the invasion force on
the main island of Japan. Remember those movies of General
MacArthur wading ashore? Dad said that was the easy invasion
of Luzon, with little or no resistance. In fact, MacArthur
did it several times for the cameras, so they would get it "just
right". "My outfit came in the next day on the
other side of the island, and they were waitin' for us .."
About 30 years ago, my wife and I took the
kids and went to see my folks on Thanksgiving. We arrived
the night before, stayed over, and in the morning my dad
fixed a big breakfast for everyone, and soon television was
on, searching for football games, while my mother worked on
getting Thanksgiving dinner ready.
About 3 in the
afternoon, my sister pulled into the driveway in a brand-new
Honda automobile. I was in the kitchen, and saw my mother
looking out the window. Things got very quiet in the house.
As dinner time approached, I could hear pots and pans being
slammed around, and nobody was saying anything, but I had an
idea of what was about to happen.
The turkey and
all the side dishes were on the dining room table, and we
all sat down, bowed our heads in prayer, and my mother stood
up and started to carve the turkey. Finally, after a few
swipes with the big carving knife, she just couldn't hold it
in any longer, looked at my sister and said
TRIED TO KILL YOUR FATHER, YOU KNOW!"
is very hard to invent small talk, at a time like that.
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