|You Did It, Dad - Why Can't I?
There was a beautiful beach next to our small seaside town, but we were not allowed to visit it. You see, my family lived on the southeast coast of England and it was during World War II. All the beaches in that part of England had been put off limits. Just a few miles across the English Channel lay Nazi-occupied France. The Nazis had also tried to invade England. When their attempt failed, Britain and America prepared to launch an invasion against the Nazis, from the beach near my home. I didn't know all this then, though. All I knew was that I couldn't go to the beach. My mother would tell me about the days she spent on the beach before the war. There were band concerts and donkey rides and puppet shows and ice cream. But best of all, you could play in the sand and swim in the sea. It sounded like fun.
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