I received a one-year diary from my parents for Christmas in 1968. I wrote in it a few times.
Inside the cover I wrote:
The property of
240 Heine St.
and nobody better read this or ELSE!
Wednesday January 1, 1969
Last night I was playing Yahtzee ((I loved this game — still do)) with Ginny and Mommie ((that’s how I spelled it in the diary)) and Kevin and I won 2 out of 3.
I saw the parades this morning and they weren’t very interesting. ((are they ever?))
Bob and Marge were over early and Kevin, Marge and I played Yahtzee and Kerplunk. We had pork chops and I did the dishes in 15 minutes give or take a couple minutes. I just got done watching Hawaii Five-O and it was about a man who was big who strangled a girl. ((so television has been violent for a long time))
Thursday January 2, 1969
Uncle Ray came over to finish the paneling but he didn’t feel too good so he went home. He said Ronnie had the flu and Cindy just got over it and Aunt Alvera was fighting it.
Mom and Dad painted the living room ceiling today. I got a letter from Mrs. Anderson ((my sixth grade teacher)) today she said she liked the sachets and she signed it “Much love, Mrs. A. My mom just read it to Kevin.
Friday January 3, 1969
Colleen and Dawn came over and I was still in my pjs. They wanted me to come over and play so I went and is their room a mess! ((I don’t remember hanging out with Colleen and Dawn that much after early grade school so this surprises me))
Well, anyway, I ate lunch there and a boy named Mark Goalson said Jeff ((Jeff was my obsession for a few years)) picked up his noodle soup bowl out of it and his Dad pushed his nose in it so we call him noodle nose! I am going to sleep overnight at Colleen’s tonight. I’ll tell about it tomorrow.
Saturday January 4, 1969
I had fun last night even though Colleen always talked about Jeff! We watched The Incredible Mr. Limpet who turned into a fish! ((I don’t remember that I saw that film for the first time with Colleen)) When we finally got to sleep it was 12:50. We woke up at 8:15 and had to rush-rush.
We got our shirts today and they are red and black! ((bowling shirt))
Well, Debbie and Julie are over and they want me to play with them.
My scores were 61-54-80. ((bowling scores — pretty bad))
Sunday January 5, 1969
I went to bed at 3:00 last night and got up at 12:00 and thought “school tomorrow, ick!” I sat around all day and got weak from not eating. I don’t really have anything to talk about so I’ll end.
Monday January 6, 1969
School again! Guess what, Eugenia broke her arm. She said she broke it the day we got out of school. She broke it at the wrist.
Tuesday January 7, 1969
Nothing happened today except I took my old violin to Mr. Christensen.
Wednesday January 8, 1969
I can’t remember what happened today.
Thursday January 9, 1969
Tomorrow’s the day when my mom goes to the school conference. (see, I’m scared)
Friday January 10, 1969
Mom went to school today for my conference. She said they didn’t say very much except that I am a very good student.
Saturday January 11, 1969
We’re going over to Pam and Jeff’s tonight. When were went Pam jumped up and down. We made Rings and Things and Strange Change Time Machine. ((I don’t remember either of those toys. Pam and Jeff always had cooler things than I did))
Sunday January 12 1968
Nothing interesting happened today.
And that’s it. I only lasted 12 days.
But wait…There’s more!
I didn’t read further —
February 14, 1969
I got the neatest V. Card from Jeff. I think he likes me!
Thurs. June 18 1970
I just had a horrible experience, Kevin went in my room and got a note that I wrote this morning and I really didn’t want anyone to read so he gave it to Daddy and he did not want to read it and he gave it to me. I gave Kevin a dirty look so he started crying. I went in there (his room) and talked with him a little and low and behold he stopped crying. That made me feel so good. Mom is making me a green swimsuit.
Wed. July 16, 1969
What next? The moon now, Mars next? Saw the flight of Apollo 11.
Penny and I had a seance today and we brought back Hitler and Lenin. We think. Didn’t see D.S [Dark Shadows] today. Saw Michael Burke. Didn’t read Dracula today.
Tuesday November 10, 1970
I have neglected you very much. But I can’t seem to find time to write. I really love to write in you bit. well, you know.
Guess who pushed me out of his way yesterday? It was John Thompson, the “David kid”. I really hope we don’t move. If we do I will miss Cindy (most of all), Alejandra, Ann, Kim, Susan, etc. I really love this house. I never noticed it before but I think it loves me too. No kidding, I am not koo-koo. (no comments from the peanut gallery).
November 11 and 12 are torn out of the diary.