Children of the 1930s through the mid- ’40s naturally were totally oblivious to times rife with severe hardships. Life in their sheltered world was a pleasant picnic in the Winnipeg, Manitoba. suburb of East Kildonan. They were too young to know what a depression was, or what war was all about. The reality was that poverty and deprivation, and hunger and heartbreak, were rampant during The Great Depression and World War !! Youths had no conception of the miseries across the river orcross an ocean. They saw no soup-lines, heard no bombs. Their backyards were fun, their bellies full. They weren’t aware people were starving and battle lines were bloody in a far-off land called Europe. Children everywhere were growing up amid traumatic conditions at home and abroad. In the face of despair, they endured the upheaval of broken homes and shattered hopes.