I was 11 years old when World War II started on December 7, 1941. The Japs had bombed Pearl Harbor! President Roosevelt in a talk to the people declared that a “state of war now existed between the United Stated and the Empire of Japan.” Or words to that effect. I was appalled even though I didn’t know where Japan was at the time. What I also did not know at that time was how dire it was going to be for this country and the world. The things that would affect me most were going to be the shortages of things like butter, sugar and gasoline. And the rationing that was in store for the American people not to mention the loss of life that touched almost every family.
President Roosevelt was my hero in those days not the least of which was that he had instituted Welfare. It literally saved me and my family from starving both during the Depression and after as I am sure it did for a significant amount of people in this country.
My family had been listening to the President’s ‘Fireside Chats” over the years he was in office. And of course he was the only president I knew since he was the only president elected for four terms.
It was just my Mother and us four girls as my loser Father had left us once again and had gone to live with his Mother.
To be continued.