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My German-born father was rather strict and accustomed to getting his own way.   When I turned 14 and was about to graduate from junior high he wanted to send me to boarding school in Switzerland.  I refused, not wanting to leave my friends and family.

“It’s like the army,“  he retorted,  “and I’m the general and you’re the private.”

“Then I’m going AWOL.”,  I said.

That September I enrolled at Forest Hills High,  my local neighborhood school.


The writer with unnamed Retro admin

– Danny L,  guest writer 

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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Tags: Parent Child Relationship, Parental Authority, Humor
Characterizations: been there, funny, right on!, well written


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Thank you for this brief glimpse of defiance from Danny L (cute photo too!). It must have taken a lot of chutzpa to stand up to his father back then!

  2. Dave Ventre says:

    The first time you win one with a parent is sweet indeed!

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    I agree. Your guest writer was wise to question authority, even if that meant standing up to his father. He would probably have been very unhappy at boarding school.

  4. Such an intriguing story. I hope your guest writer will provide a context such as was the father a German vet.? Was he the eldest child? How did this experience affect his life as a father? And a citizen? He has sparked my curiosity.

    • Thanx Richard, will try to get a hold of the guest writer – he’s actually in another room watching the Yanks lose to the Red Sox.
      Will get his responses and revert!

      • Richard, to answer your questions –
        My father escaped Germany a few weeks after Hitler rose to power.
        I am my parents’ only child.
        I have always been anti any attempt to control me, so sometimes I have conflicts with my son.
        As a citizen I have no issues.

        Thanks for reading my story and for your comments.

  5. Thank you for your response. It clarifies a lot for me, but I still wish for more.

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