An Interview With Matt
Matt Howard Q- How does it feel to have your dad dead and your brother crippled, and therefore be the head of the house at age 15?
A- Well it does get hard sometimes- with all the hunting and harvesting to keep my family alive. But I have to set a good example for the little ones.
Q- Is it hard to live during a time period that you could get shot at any moment for saying the wrong thing?
A- It can get very hard especially since Jesse is on the South's side and my family is in the middle not really having a side. Sometimes I have to watch it because I could be putting my family in danger.
Q- How exactly does being friends with Jesse, who is on the South's side and being like a son to Mr. Stone, who is on the North's side affect not only yourself but also your family?
A- Well it can get hard because Jesse's family dislikes Mr. Stone and also always having Mr. Stone nagging me about hanging out with Jesse but I don't think I could stop seeing Jesse we have known each other for too long.
Q- Is it nerve racking to know that your first crop could be destroyed by either side at any time?
A- Well I know that it could be destroyed and I try to keep the best thoughts and if it gets destroyed I will replant after we get back from grandfathers house.
Q- Speaking of your grandfather what actions do you plan to take, will you go with your family or not?
A- I will go with my family because they need me especially Ben, then after the war I will come back here with or without my family and rebuild the barn and start a new harvest.