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  • It is such a joy to interview Da, my grandfather.

    I kept the first part of this just to show you how eager he was to get going. I gave him my "interview briefing statement". He understood. And I told him to go ahead and start speaking.

    It is so interesting to wonder where people will start. What story will they tell?

    Nana, my grandmother, must have been thinking the exact same thing. She immediately asks, "Are you going to tell him war stories?"

    Da started with a memory of him at 3 or 4 years old. What a thrill. It really makes me smile to have him recollect like this. He feels as if he is being given the chance to speak to his legacy.

    Da tells the story of how his Dad would limit where he could ride his tricycle in the house. In the shadow of WWI (Da mistakenly says WWII) his father defines where young Raymond P. Duran can pedal his little tricycle as staying within the "German Line".

    Da would go on to fight in WWII and deal with a German Line of his own.
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