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dear diary..

me, circa 1977...it was all about the bANGS!

recently i was inspired by this show, which featured margaret sartor talking about her latest book, 'miss american pie: a diary of love, secrets, and growing up in the 1970s.' i decided to crack open my one and only childhood diary spanning from 1978-1981. the following is an excerpt from thursday, june 28th, 1979 (i was 12 years old):

dear diary,
my parents sure do bug me a lot!!!!!! i hate my glasses, but mom and dad think i'm trying not to ware them. i just forget. i can't wait to get my new glasses in july. emily came over today. i read her some of my diary, and i think she got sort of disappointed because i didn't mension her at the beginning of the book. but, i sure do mension her now. my spelling is really bad in this diary. i went to the swimming pool last tues., and i saw amy and leslie for the first time there. amy's swim suit is pretty bad. she must think it's sexxxxxxxxy. it's black, and i guess you could say she's not quite built for it. * now i know i'm growing. mom said my little buttons are showing...(ha) mom said i should have a bra, and i'll be able to get a new swim suit next summer. (i'll find a size that will fit me easier) º tomorrow i'm going to the dentist to get x-rays of all my teeth. it was fun getting teeth impressions, and the head x-ray. i liked it when dr. k took the clay out of my mouth. sometimes it hurt slightly, but it made a funny sucking sound when he took it out. i went to 'jaws' a week ago from mon. it was SCARYYY. i can't wait to look over this when i get old, to see what a bad speller i was!!!

* don't read out loud
º can read out loud now

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foxy_manacle
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
hahahahhahaha. lucky you still have that!

"she must think it's sexxxxxxxxy."


artworkslive
Jul. 23rd, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
hee heeeee....
i never did like that girl.
and i'll bet she's still trying to fit into that suit..
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artworkslive
Jul. 23rd, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
aaaaw...i'm cringing listening to that 12 year old girl again...but, in many ways i'm still so much like her?!?! goofy, insecure, and still a horubul spellar..
patchoullijulie
Jul. 23rd, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
babydoll, this is the cutest thang i have read for like, uh, forever.

i am two years older than you & this reminded me how scary jaws was...
oh, and 'smokey & the bandit'!!!

'my little buttons' ---- too precious.
artworkslive
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
aaaah, the 70's....what a treasure trove of campy horror flix! i seem to recall an overload of made for TV movies that my mom declared 'off limits' because of the scare factor...i.e. 'kingdom of the spiders' and 'where have all the people gone?' lucky for me, my friend tami across the street had veeeeery laid back parents and we had a lot of sleep-overs....needless to say, i'd be SO grounded if my mom ever figures out how to use a computer and read this!
(Anonymous)
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
now the question is do you remember that movie
called 'sssssssssssss'?
artworkslive
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
nnnnnno....but, luckily i'm a sssssssucker for campy 70's horror, so i just bought myself a copy!!!!!! thankssssssssss for the tip!!!!

ssssssssssssssssssssssss...
paperdollhearts
Jul. 23rd, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
little buttons

priceless

artworkslive
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
hee heeeeee...buttons.
i had SSSSSUCH boobie envy back then...still do.
save the back aches and chin bruises. ;D
vickibarkley
Jul. 24th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
How cute are you!!
I just scanned bunches of pix of myself into my computer from the same years! (I'm 42.) My mom wouldn't even let me see Jaws, because it was PG! I have this journal that I wrote really embarrasing graffiti on. Pretty funny stuff!
You, however, had a kickass diary!!!
artworkslive
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: How cute are you!!
oooooh, you rebel, YOU!!!!
puh-LEASE post excerpts from your graffiti journal!!!!!!!!!!!!

i promise.....i won't tell your mom!!!!!
vickibarkley
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: How cute are you!!
Damn, I can't find them right now.
I'm not at home right now, but will get the entire journal scanned, I promise.
Just to whet your appetite, it's a scrapbook that spans kindergarten through 12th grade.
AND, I was a band geek, in the drum section.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 24th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
This is so perfect. I remember being twelve and my own puffy buttons started blooming. I never had a journal or diary when I was a kid and once again I wish I did. Did you keep it in your possession the whole time or did your mom save it for you?
morty_baby
Jul. 24th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
That was me teehee :)
artworkslive
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
oh....morty, morty, morty...what i would GiiiiiiiVE to have been your best buddy growing up....i think i'd be a profit by now!?!?!?!?!

yeeeeeess...i studied under the great morty 'baby'..but, but...buuuuut......i'm only 'baby' smith...praise morty baby!
morty_baby
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
And by profit you mean prophet, right? :) Mind you, I could probably have profited by having you as my puffy button buddy, we could have strutted our stuff on the boardwalk on the boardwalk if you know what I mean we would have been too sexy for our CATS and too sexy for our HATS.
artworkslive
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
HAHAHA!!!!
yeeeeeeees....
never mynd my bahd spehling.....you and i knocking buttons on the boardwalk would be PUUUURE money!!!!!!!!!
artworkslive
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
puffy buttons...how i hate 'em...where, oh WHERE are my fully inflated water balloons?!?!
i'm WAAAAAiTiNG!!!!!!!!
hellooooooo! do i HAVE to be on my death bed at age 89 and finally look down and realize...'hmmph....they're no sack o' rice, but, i'd still do me..'

nope...i kept the diary. my mom kept very little actually.
guess divorce and having 5 kids'll do that to ya... ;/
rickysaccount
Jul. 24th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
Holy Crap!
How friggin cute is that!??!?!?!?!?!? I'm not sure if I'm tickled pink more by the "little buttons" or by the fact that your past self referred to your future self which is now your present self reading about what your past self thought about your past and your future self... whew!!! Now I really do need me a frou-frou drink!!! :o)
artworkslive
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Holy Crap!
HAHAHA!!!! yah, it felt more than a bit freaky re-visiting that li'l dr. b...
i think i found it most peculiar that i read my diary OUT LOUD at times....methinks it was the dawn of what would eventually become LiVE journal!!!!

oh! chuck posted a TON of b-b-q pix on his journal...did you see those?
feather
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
That is too cute. It's fantastic that you kept it!
artworkslive
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
i didn't keep much from my childhood, but i'm glad i kept it too..it jogged my memory, that's for sure! ;D
(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
You are tooo cuute!!

Look how you blossomed into this beautiful girl!! The only resemblance I see is the sparkle in those eyes of yours. I wish I kept a diary myself...how cool is that to look back and cherish those memories whether they be good or bad. All I have to say is I am so glad I had gone through my phase of insecurities as a teenager or else I wouldn't be as appreciative of life as I am today. Wow, I love how spontaneous you are with your postings. I can always count on ya to make me laugh out loud.

hugs,

Madison
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