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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 10:00 pm

I finished my paper route and was eating a cheeseburger and sipping a chocolate shake in the Bon Ton on Main Street in Polson, Montana, on Dec. 7, 1941, when the radio carried news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

I knew little of Hawaii, and less of Japan, but I knew that sales of bicycles would be frozen if we went to war. I rushed home and begged Dad to drive to Kalispell right then, on Sunday afternoon, to get the bike we had talked about since summer.

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          3 comments:

          • modigliani posted at 10:13 am on Tue, Jan 1, 2013.

            modigliani Posts: 2

            Oops, I got my tongue twisted up there, but I guess you can figure out what I was saying. I'm forwarding your piece to a friend from Montana (now stuck over here in the rain). She'll appreciate it.

             
          • modigliani posted at 10:10 am on Tue, Jan 1, 2013.

            modigliani Posts: 2

            Irle - I'm happy to see you're still writing and glad that I found this one. It's a great piece. You can read my own commentary about December 7, 1941 is here http://ggmissm.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/friday-commentary-a-day-of-infamy/

            Thanks for another good read.
            Molly

             
          • Schua888 posted at 9:16 am on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

            Schua888 Posts: 1

            Fine story! Poignant and nostalgic slice of Americana that reads like a Norman Rockwell painting. Thanks for sharing.

             

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