Lisbeth “Bunny” Adams was a thirteen-year-old year old girl when Pearl Harbor brought America into the war. Her mother became the community air raid warden for her small neighborhood outside of Philadelphia. Her cousins living in Maine were sent off to war and expanded their worldview.

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Ration Hoarders 

I remember particularly that these little groceries would not take the food stamps. I had to go to one of the chain stores and we only had one: A&P. Little things like that… It didn’t affect our life that much. They had to have a certain amount of money too. People did storing stuff away, you couldn’t do that. There was only that much butter you could get. But there were people who were hoarders before they put the stamps in…that was not a good thing. 

 

Cousins Leave Farm 

I had cousins in Maine, and they grew up on farms. They didn’t have any outdoor plumbing, no electricity, or that sort of thing. My cousins had never seen a black person before. Up in that part of Maine, there just weren’t. A lot of French up there. It was a wonderful education for them because they never would’ve left that farm. They never would’ve seen all these people or the things that they could’ve seen, and it changed their lives. 

 

Veterans Don’t Talk about the War 

That was something that I noticed very much so. It was very difficult to get someone to talk about the war. Not the fun they had in the barracks or the times they had off, but the war itself. It was something that was in their heart and it was not happy. Must of time not a happy thing. They saw so much tragedy around them. 

 

Bandage and Package Mail Drives 

We had a little place where you roll bandages, had a workshop where you roll bandages and so forth. Oh, and make packets. Made boxes and sent them. 

What were in the boxes usually? 

Goodies, maybe warm socks. Depends where the person was. You know, some of those things never got through.