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May 16, 1942

For the last two months amateur gardeners have worked several hours a day, planting, weeding, and hoeing, and now these gardens were supplying the camp with greens. Shanty owners started their own little gardens around their shacks.

Grandma, Daphne’s mother, was always furiously busy. She had been saving pineapple tops for the last few weeks, and today she planted them. When she came into our room tonight, she said seriously, “In two years they will bear fruit.”

Her roommates laughed. Two years! The very ideal But I noticed that a few of my roommates remained grave and silent.