By Nathan  L.
Grade 7, Pennsylvania

Everything from gasoline to metal went towards the war effort. Supplies at stores were suddenly limited, and everything, needed or wanted, was suddenly a lot harder to get. Gasoline was suddenly limited greatly, as was butter, fabric, and any metals. However, one thing not as limited for Rev. Lutz was food, as they lived on a farm. This also contributed to the limitations of gasoline, because they were able to get some extra for their tractor. Because of the lack of gasoline, schools would often cancel away games or ask for the students to donate gas for the buses. Another thing that she lacked was butter, which was one of the many necessities that she lacked. Another thing that went missing during the war was much of her family, which had gone away to fight in the war. Her brother and a few of her uncles were fighting, and this was one of the few fears that she had that resulted from the war. School itself, though, was not greatly affected. One of the few things that changed the schools was that they would often listen as a group to a radio, which played out the news. If something happened in the war that was important, classes would often stop to listen to the radio. Life at home went much the same way; the radio was on much of the time so that they could hear about the war, about family, and about friends. The radio was the only thing that actually connected them to the war, because, living on a farm, they were no where near close enough to a cinema theater to see the newsreels. This cut them off from that type of media. Before the war, if the family went twice in one year, that would be something special because of the distance they would need to travel. The only thing that they ever feared was death among family and friends, because those people were very vulnerable, as they were fighting. After almost an hour of questions, I was finally at my last question. I asked, ˘Would you think that people today could be motivated the way people were during World War II?÷ She answered, ˘Yes, I know they could. After the twin towers fell and during the Iraq war, people were motivated in that same way. Many, many people have entered the Iraq war, and so I believe that they can be.÷ I smiled and finished writing, and put my cards back down on the table. She looked up and said, ˘If I can tell you anything about war, I will tell you that it is a terrible thing to experience, on or off the battlefield.÷

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