John and Greg were the very best of friends through mothers with a shared cause. The Woman's Movement of the 1970's gave formerly content housewives the opportunity to realize husband approved hobbies into a way to earn their own monies.
The Paint and Pallet collected together the artistic talents of the mother's friends to showcase their art for public sale. The newly built novelty Iverson Mall provided the perfect venue to attract wallets filled with cash.
The tag along eight-year-old boys occupied themselves with all the amusements the Mall had to offer, but several weekends into the Art Show, their natural curiosity got the best of them. "Will the mother's of John and Greg please report to security."
The mother's arrived to find the boys, legs dangling over institutional chairs, hands angelically clasped in their laps, ready to face their punishment.
Mirror sided columns in the store were observed by the boys opening and closing by men in suits. Waiting until the coast was clear, the boys opened the mirror themselves to discover an ascending ladder. A view of the entire store on monitors was their reward, the sound of footfalls their demise.
The fear of the law was put into the boys, a ban from ever entering Montgomery Wards hung over them for LIFE. The boys are still as close as brothers to this day, their adventures enough to fill a book. With the coming of the holiday season, I never miss an opportunity to ask my brother if he is glad Montgomery Wards has gone out of business!
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