Sunday, February 19, 2012

ABC Wednesday and Magpie 105


"F" is for "False Alarm"
Young Berowne phones home:
Mom, I just heard. They accepted me at UCLA! I’ll be starting in the mid-winter semester.
Yeah, it’s great. It means there’s a lot to do. I haven’t even decided on a major yet.
Oh, I’ve just been out riding my bike. I spotted this phone booth so I thought I’d give you a ring with the good news.
Well, it’s a state university so the tuition shouldn’t be too bad. I hope we’ll be able to handle it. I’m excited; I feel my life is just about to begin. No more of that high school stuff; I’ll be a college man!
What? No, I hadn’t heard. I’ve been out riding my bike. So there was some kind of bombing? Where? I never heard of it.
The whole Pacific fleet of the U S Navy? Oh, that’s just wild talk. They have these incidents and then try to make something big out of them – sells more newspapers. They say things like that to try to encourage Roosevelt to get us into war. It's a false alarm; don’t listen to ‘em. Anyway, I’ve got to concentrate on getting ready for college. Getting ready for college, Mom; isn’t that great?!

36 comments:

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

A good news over the bad one... :-)

JJRod'z

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Wow.....BAM!

Nice!
:)

christopher said...

Good write, clever to put it at the edge of the war...

Sometimes everything changes.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I love how there is so much more to your work than the words on the page. This time you've managed to give us the tragedy of war!

Helen said...

I saw the 40s in every aspect of the image ~ glad you did too.

Your prose reminded me of Shakespeare's 'To Be Or Not To Be' ~ we were at war. (You have me conditioned now)

Leslie: said...

Just - Wow!

Berowne said...

My prose and Shakespeare's are not usually mentioned in the same sentence, Helen - but thanks. :-)

Karen said...

An interesting take.

zongrik said...

is this a true story?

meditation station

Brian Miller said...

and life changes in the blink of an eye....

Berowne said...

zongrik: "Is this a true story?"
Very close...

robkistner said...

Enjoyed this, good work…

…rob kistner
Image & Verse

Barbara said...

Very clever...

Tumblewords: said...

Things change in a flash. Nice piece.

Wander said...

You took this one back in time, just a bit...

Wander

Berowne said...

My sincere thanks to Wander, Tumblewords, Barbara, robk, Brian M, Karen, Leslie and Rinkly R for the encouraging comments.

izzy said...

Typical Kid! thanks for sharing-

Sue said...

It all turns on a dime, doesn't it?

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jabblog said...

I wonder how many young lives were changed by that news. Great response to the prompt.

Berowne said...

jabblog: "Great response to the prompt."
And a great response to the response - thanks.

Doctor FTSE said...

A proper sense of what's important, eh?

(On a UK quiz game tonight were two teenagers who thought Charles de Gaulle was prominent during the French Revolution, had never heard of Napoleon and, I daresay, would have likely thought Pearl Harbor was another drug fuelled diva.)

Other Mary said...

Wow! Now that's getting your quarter's worth! (Or whatever a phone call cost then...a nickle maybe?)

RD said...

nice !...diggin' the time shift when we get to "Roosevelt"...this leaves me very much in a different state of mind

Peace

Anna :o] said...

Sent a chill down my spine - brilliant write.

Anna :o]

Berowne said...

Thanks, Anna, RD and Other Mary. It's great to get comments like yours.

Brigid said...

Great write, I wanted to read more:)

Jinksy said...

Got your priorities right, eh? :)

chiccoreal said...

Dear Berowne: A real life scenario played out in real time...not the best of times, not the worst either~! Love your easy-going dialogue; very skillful~!

Roger Owen Green said...

Yes, we plan our lives, then life plans us.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Berowne said...

Roger O G: "Yes, we plan our lives, and then life plans us."
Well put, Rog; thanks.

Reader Wil said...

Sadly enough it was true what young Berowne's mum said. I was only eight when the Japanese occupied Indonesia, where we lived.
Well written post! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day tomorrow!
Wil, ABC Wednesday Team.

Carver said...

Fine writing to captures a time in history very well with few words. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

Berowne said...

To Reader Wil: Fascinating that you were in a Japanese internment camp. Did you ever see the TV series "Tenko," about a women's prison camp just like yours?

EG Wow said...

Yes, I'm sure many young people were taken by surprise! And their lives were changed forever.

Reader Wil said...

No, I didn't see the film Tenko, but I saw "A Town like Alice" and "Bridge over the River Kwai". Strangely enough I can watch these movies without feelings of hatred anymore. I cannot, however watch "Sophie's Choice" or "Schindler's List".In March I am going to Jerusalem to stay with Dina who is also on Blogger. She asked if I wanted to see the Holocaust Museum.But I don't like to see that.
Too emotional.

sush said...

our plans v/s the so called fate:-) and that's life

 
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