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Pennsylvania

By Lisa S.
Grade 7, Pennsylvania

I interviewed one of my parent's friends,Mrs. Lambert. She lives in New Jersey so I interviewed her over the phone. She enjoyed relating to her past life as much as I enjoyed listening to her talk. She has always had a cheerful attitude and youĂll soon learn how this helped her survive the war. The bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 started when Mrs. Lambert just graduated from high school. She was getting married at the time of the war, which was a very happy event for her. Her husband worked at manufacturing televisions so she was lucky enough to get a T.V at the time. She also said there were a lot of the stuff about the war in the newspapers, on the radio, etc. Life was hard for Mrs. Lambert especially when she had to get up very early if they were distributing food so she can be first in line. She also experienced difficult trials when there were sirens that went off signaling people to go undercover because supposedly the NaziĂs were coming. Even though all these times were difficult times, she kept her mind happy and lived through them. Mrs. Lambert did things on the Homefront to help the war effort. She saved grease from bacon and oily foods and gave that away to make fuel. Mrs. Lambert also said that food was hard to get. Gas, food, butter, sugar, almost everything was rationed. She did eat a lot of potatoes, but she never got tired of them and she still eats them. The war ended when Mrs. Lambert was about 26. To her, the happiest time was when the war was just over and gas was not rationed any longer and she took a long trip to visit her parents out west because she then lived in New York. There were no big changes in her life from the war but she always tells people the war was a good experience because it made her thankful for things that she wouldĂve taken for granted if it not for the war. I had learned some interesting facts from Mrs. Lambert. I have always thought the war was a miserable time, but according to Mrs. Lambert, it wasnĂt that bad because she kept her mind happy. Imagine if you were alive during the war and had to go through all those trials that Mrs. Lambert had to go through, like going undercover when sirens went off, wouldnĂt you be very scared? Imagine if you had to eat potatoes everyday, I could never go through that. Mrs. Lambert taught me a lot of things; what would we do without people like her who have always been happy and cheerful, even through troublesome times.


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