A Way of Life by Merlon Patrick Woodard
My early life as a Sharecropper's son was a hard life. Having been born during the Great Depression and with World War II right after, sharecroppers were about as poor as they could get.
Wealthy people were losing most of their wealth and some lost it all. Being so poor what did sharecroppers have to lose? The only way you could go with your life was to go forward. Sharecroppers were about as poor financially as they could get.
I was born on December 2, 1935. In the year 12-07-41, our President Roosevelt announced over Dad's old Philco Battery Radio that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor. This was on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. He said thousands of people lost their lives and many ships were destroyed.
Scratching out a living and raising a family was hard for everyone. Living conditions and having enough to eat was a challenge. This was a way of life for most people back then with nothing to compare it to now.