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monday favorites: part two

the journal reading continues to be my favorite activity of the new year . . . occasionally horrifying enough to make me want to throw mine in a fire somewhere. . . but overall, still amusing. one of the things i really like about it is the randomness of the things we wrote; mixed in with the reports of our siblings misdeeds and our deepest desires for the latest toys are the inclusion of some truly insignificant details. details like gum.

my entry, age 10 (1989):


"I just got out of bed and accidently swallowed my gum. But luckily I have some more. There's about 2 weeks til school starts. I hope I get a good teacher!"

chip's entry, age 8 (1983):


"I went with my Dad and Emily went with me too. We got a piece of gum. Oh, Miriam went too. They had a lot of video recorders there. Emily and I watched Tron on a video recorder. It was a Saterday so we got to watch some of Thundar the Barbarian."

what i wouldn't give to watch an episode of "Thundar the Barbarian" right now. . . also, to know the details of the gum swallowing. "accidentally"? and what was i doing in bed with gum in my mouth, anyway? . . . questions (and/or concerns) aside, i love the more complete picture these bits give of who we were. . . the little worlds we lived in and the details that filled our lives . . . 

Reader Comments (11)

I love you blog, but in particular, I love the gum chewing story. I, too, would like to know more about it. Because if you had in your mouth when you woke up, you must have had it in your mouth all night. That's incredible! I tried to do that when I was young, but it never made it until morning.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Shafer

i find gum to be a suprisingly important part of most children's lives.

and i'm with you, even the THOUGHT of looking at my old journals is enough for me to get a fire going. heck, i'd even go back and burn parts of my blog, if i could.

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I'm intrigued by young Chip's fondness for burly, Samson-esque superheros. Thinking back, they were all the rage, weren't they? There was He-Man, Conan the Barbarian, and of course, Timberlock.

You guys have inspired me to take the plunge and read my diaries. I thought about it last week but couldn't bring myself to it. I hope to find more diary goodness here next Monday.

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermpb

OH MY GEEZ! TRON!?! LOL! My husband was probably pee his pants if I could find either of those on dvd.. but especially Tron. LOL!

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

Love, love LOVE that you are doing this. I wish I'd kept better journals. The ones I did keep are SCARY !

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherann

I was expecting to read that you woke up with it in your hair... You were so good at journal keeping, I have a few old journal writings, maybe I'll have to dig em out, yours are so entertaining. I really does take you back to a time of such little worry and so much security, doesn't it?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

I can't believe both you AND chip kept such darling diaries and still have them. i think it's so much fun to look back on. i think my diary entries were heavy on the rage if i recall right....super embarassing- how angry i was about the responsibilties of being the oldest child and fighting with my mom. what a brat! (: please keep sharing the cute diary entries!

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatria

so, so, so funny!!!

i really love that they were also watching Tron!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

oh wait, the only reason we were able to avoid tv for an entire week was because i had the kids for only like 4 hours a day total! best of luck with the week ahead... oh and the kids were pretty enthralled with candyland but i kept trying to coax them to play the game properly- what was i thinking? they're tiny kids and i'm raising my voice, saying "no - you can't move there!" or "it's not your turn!" so funny when i look back on it...now we just embrace the messy process.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpatria

Ha--this reminds me of of an early entry in my journal, maybe 3rd grade? Something like: "Tonight I stayed at Rene's house and we watched Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." It was great!!" What were Rene's parents thinking??!

February 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdebra cooper

i actually read all this forever ago and had to come back and read it again today for a laugh. man you crack me up, and your elementary school self cracks me up even more!

February 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

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