At theHarbor I was four years old and have no memory of the tragic event. I was even too young to realize if or how my parents may have reacted to that news. My sister was ten years old at the time, and she also had no memory of that day.
We both recall the ration books and tokens that we all had to use because of shortages of certain commodities during the war.
My family lived in Reno. One day my mother had driven two miles across town to a grocery store for shopping. One of the items that she had purchased was a bag of sugar. As mom was an avid and very talented baker, sugar was one of those rationed foods that she never seemed to have enough of to satisfy her needs. When she returned home, she checked and realized that she had not given the clerk the sugar coupon as she had not requested it. She immediatly drove back to the store to relinquish that precious piece of paper. She didnt give a second thought to the fact that she was using another very difficult to obtain productthe gasfor the car.
This action was only one that exemplified the total honesty of my mother. This trait of honesty from both of our parents is one that also became an important part of the make-up of my sister and me.
Other things I remember were:
the victory garden for fresh food.
the news reels at the movies.
saving the foil from the inner wrapper of sticks of gum to recycle.
and praying for the safe return of loved ones in the service of our country.