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Topic: Europe (excluding the United Kingdom) (02/19/09)
TITLE: Another chance
By Iris VanDeventer-Whitney
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Now, I’m perplexed. See, I was going to submit my paper on Joy and Pam, plus the friend they met in Rome, Italy. That’s Europe. However, there’s a problem, I submitted it last week!
Now, since I’m serious about the writing business, I sat down here at my Microsoft Word page with a World Geography Today, copyrighted 1960, school book. I realize it could be stretching the imagination a bit, concerning the ‘Today’ in the title. However, I believe any one with any ingenuity can learn to utilize the materials at hand.
This was not my school book, I might add. I got this book, somehow, from my mother. She was always dragging books in from a sidewalk sale, or a Library book sale. I’m happy she didn’t take to cats! Not that I have anything against cats, especially if they come from Western Europe. Whew, that was close. I almost forgot I’m supposed to be writing on Europe; [excluding UK].
I could relate a few things I remember from World War 11. I was ten years old when it started. We were all so patriotic in those days. We saved aluminum foil off gum wrappers and rolled it in a big ball; for the war effort. We couldn’t buy gas, clothing or food without using the proper number of coupons; each family was given a certain amount, according to the family size. Coupons were money.
You are wondering how Europe fits in here. We were fighting Germany and Japan, plus Italy. I will not add that the UK also fought along with us, as that was last week’s topic. Not to mention Italy.
As we were at war with Japan, the production of silk stockings ceased. Now that played havoc with the ladies. The good old American ingenuity kicked in. A leg make-up came on the market and the girls got good at applying it; even to having seams up the back of the legs.
When the allies defeated Germany, the country was divided between the US, Russia, and the British Zone. Russia had Eastern Zone and most know how that turned out. Berlin was divided into Eastern and Western zones. The Germans in Eastern Berlin would have starved, if not for the Good Old USA. The Russians blockaded the city and the citizens were starving, the Berlin Wall was built to keep the people from leaving and going to Western Berlin. Try and read all the devices people rigged up to get into Western Berlin. It is astounding! Tons of food and supplies were flown over Eastern Berlin and dropped into the city. Flying Fortress’s left every few minutes, twenty-four hours a day, and seven days a week for many months, a true life line to the city.
Class dismissed. Sorry about the history lesson. That is; if there’s anyone still with me.
I know these writing are to help us grow as writers. We learn to develop and write on a specific topic; we learn how to meet a dead-line, as well.
I am feeling good about things now. I feel I have caught on, at last. I’m sure I will get a ‘Winner’ email in my mail.
There’s much more I could write about Europe. France is in Europe, The northern and western area is part of the Great European Plain. Which, I understand is fertile land. You know I’d better check that out. It may not even be there any more!
If you think I’m showing off. Don’t. There’s a lot I don’t know. I hope we get Ice Land as a subject; I want to find out where it is.
I think I’ve decided what to do. I’m going to write a bunch of stories about Pam and Joy.
Then, all I’ll have to do is insert the new city we’re given, into the script. I knew Lucy wouldn’t forsake me. Man, are we a pair!
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