The Rejectionist is hosting an uncontest, and I decided to jump in at the last minute. You can read about the uncontest here. The uncontest results can be found here.
I have only one diary from my childhood, and it's from fourth grade. Allow me to share a few things about nine-year-old me:
1. I lived in L.A. County with my parents and two older brothers, Jeff and Erik.
2. I knew when I grew up I would become a writer. Or a teacher, a nurse, a veterinarian, or a dolphin trainer.
3. I believed I was a fabulous speller.
4. I knew about commas. How to use them? Not so much.
5. I apparently found my waking times and breakfast foods fascinating subjects.
The year: 1978. (There's a stereotype that writers are bad at math. For those of you who fit the stereotype but would like to know my age, I'm twenty-four.)
Sunday, January 1, 1978
Today I woke up at 7:06, and couldn't wait to see if Megan [redacted] could play. Every once in a while I get afraid of the Hillside Strangler, because he only gets girls and ladies. Today if Jeff looks thrue this Diary, I'm gonna tell. Today for breakfast I had poptarts and milk. Today I planted my peanut plant with Erik. Today Megan slept over but came in the night. And we made alot of noise.
Monday, January 2, 1978
Today at 1:00 in the morning me and Megan went to get my lotien*. Megan ran down the stairs fell did a summer salt fliped once and hit something very hard and I jumped and fell on my head. I triped and ran down stairs. I spyed on everyone in my family except for my mom, dad. Today I woke up at 8:30. Today for breakfast I had frootloops and Team Flakes.
Wednesday, January 4, 1978
Today was raining and I had toast for breakfast. I woke up at 7:17. My teacher is going to move so we are giving her a surprise party. I played with Megan today and we had fun. Also I have alot of homework. Jeff thrue up in the cheerio bowl today**.
Tuesday, January 10, 1978
Today I went to school and started a report on squirrels. it is 3 pages long Megan is doing it on skunks. She came over today.
Thursday, January 12, 1978
Today I went to school and I had a terrible time. I was all mixed up all day. I had went*** out with my mom and had a great, great day.
INTERMISSION. Allow me to remind any literary agents or editors who may stumble upon this post that these excerpts are from the diary I kept when I was only nine.
Sunday, January 15, 1978
Today I didn't play with anyone, or anything exept Blackjack, Midnight****, and my skates.
Tuesday, January 17, 1978
Today I went to school and Megan came ofer and we had fun and I called Mrs. [redacted] to sign up for ballette, tap, and acrobatics.
Friday, January 20, 1978
Today I went to school, and had P.E., got pushed in mud by Megan by mustake. I didn't have anyone to play with. I went to the store with Mom, and Erik.
Saturday, January 21, 1978
NO SCHOOL DAY! today I went to the phone called Megan and she couldn't play.
Sunday, January 22, 1978
NO SCHOOL DAY! today Megan couldnt play and I forget what I did today.
Tuesday, January 24, 1978
Today I went to school, came home with Megan and went to balette. And then I came home with Megan and went to Jeff's basketball game, and Jeff didn't feel good.
Friday, February 10, 1978
Today I went to school and picked out a new book called SKINNY. I like it alot. Today, Allen, Jamie and Pat***** are sleeping over.
Friday, February 11, 1978
Today was the day Erik celebrates his birthday. I'll be surrounded by boys. Allen, Jamie and Pat will be there still.
*I think it's supposed to be lotion.
**Jeff and I still remember/are traumatized by this.
***The "had went" might be the most painful part to read, but I'm not sure.
****Blackjack and Midnight were my dogs.