Story Weekend: Diaries
Did you have a diary as a kid or keep a journal as an adult? Or did you stumble across your older sister’s juicy diary or your grandmother’s old journal? Tell us your diary story.
If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:
▪ The story must be true
▪ Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge.
I tried keeping a diary/journal, both as a teen and as an adult. I failed miserably. I did not think it would be of any interest to anyone. My dad did not keep a personal journal but he kept meticulous personal financial ledgers and I marvel at how he owned a home and reared three children. My sister and I were both born at home but our little brother was born in the hospital in 1947. Mom was in the hospital for an entire week and the total bill was $300. Just this week I looked through one of his ledgers showing his records as executor after his parents died (1953). After selling enough topsoil off the land to pay debts there was $18.93 left. The piece of land and little house sold later and each of the nine surviving children (out of 12) received about $900.
Ledgers can be fascinating! Thanks for sharing, Martha. Story Weekend is quiet so far this weekend!
I have always been a journal/diary kind of girl. As a kid I was always looking in dusty places, hoping to find an old war diary. Diary-style books were my favorite to read and I of course kept many diaries of my own. As an adult I do have a paper journal that doesn’t see me very often, but I also “journal” through a blog (www.nursingnapsnostalgia.blogspot.com) and I keep a journal for each of my children to read someday when they’re all grown up!