Sweet Confusion

One of my favorite stories is one that my Dad told me, and he swore that it was true. It recounted a conversation between my Dad’s friend and the friend’s somewhat senile mother:

Friend: “Today is December 7th, Ma. Do you know what’s special about this date?”

Mother: “I have no idea.”

Friend: “Well, December 7th, 1941 is the day that they attacked Pearl Harbor.”

Mother: “Oh, that’s awful. Was she a Jewish girl?”

Friend: “No, no, no. Pearl Harbor is in Hawaii, and the Japanese bombed our ships. Many, many people were killed and that forced the USA into World War II.”

Mother: “Oh, I don’t remember that. I must have been out of town.”

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