September and cooler temperatures blew into Wyoming last night. The house shuddered from the wind gusts, and this morning the lawn was littered with fallen leaves and branches. A light rain fell periodically all day, and now the sun is shining.
I knit my way through the dreary day and listened to Tall Grass by Sandra Dallas, a book that I highly recommend. The reader (or listener) feels like a member of the Stroud family. I was drawn in by the description of the farmhouse and the surrounding fields. It brought back memories of my childhood and my family home. The narrator is a young girl that the dad calls, Squirt. She is much like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Tall Grass shows how a Japanese internment camp brings out the best and worst in its community. Wyoming also had an internment camp during World War II, and I am sure the communities surrounding Heart Mountain went through the same struggles as those in the community in this book.
This page gives you an idea of camp activities and some of the conditions at Heart Mountain.
While a part of me understands why the leaders during this time period felt the need to build the camps, I am ashamed of the camps and how the Japanese Americans were treated. Many people are not aware that these camps existed, and others chose to ignore their existence. I am saddened that Wyoming played a role in these historical camps.
I completed two wool sweaters for the fall afghans for Afghans Youth Campaign and will mail them tomorrow. While listening to Tall Grass and knitting, I prayed that the recipients of the sweaters would be protected from war and from the ignorance of prejudice. World Peace is possible, and we each have a role to play.