VICTORY GARDEN

Pittsburgh, PA

      My father, David Milton, was 8 during WWII, and he still vividly recalls blackouts, food rationing, and the famous "fire side chats." He always tells of seeing his mother turn pale with fear every time a car drove through the neighborhood, because her youngest brother was in Italy, and she was so afraid of getting a telegram.

One story I have heard so often I can almost recite it was about Rachel London's victory garden. Everyone had one, and dad's babysitter was no exception. He used to hide behind a tree in Rachel's garden when he was supposed to be doing work, and he always felt guilty, like he wasn't doing his part for America. To this day, he says, "I should have to hoed the damn potatoes!"

By Angelina de Monteforte  EM ANGEL@aol.com

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