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monday favorite: chip rich, the great

so, apparently, neither chip nor i had any issues with self-confidence as children. i find chip's  borderline arrogance charming, my own disgusting. so, i hold back on sharing my own uppity entries rife with hideous self-righteousness (ages 11-13 are the worst so far) and share a bit from young chip's record. unfair? maybe. 

who does this account book-turned-diary belong to? why, "chip rich, the great" of course. not only did he, at the young age of eight, skip up to level nine but he was also invited to two birthday parties. not bad, chip, not bad. 

this spread may be one of my favorite in this journal. can you read it? please do. after being blamed for throwing a balloon filled with orange drink, chip reports that no underwear was hung from the flag pole at his sister's girl's camp and that the classic film, real genius, "was great." didn't we all think the same at age eight? and on the right side you get a little feel for the good sport he was. i am certain that after this outing he went home to watch himself flex in the mirror. because that's the kind of humble champion he was.

i suppose it is better to have too much confidence as a child than to be heartbreakingly short of that self assurance. however, i am hopeful our children think of themselves a little less than we did and reach out to others a little more. although, i admit that if they start referring to themselves as "eve the great" and "ruth, the great" i will be so entertained and insistent that they learn some magic tricks. 

Reader Comments (8)

oh my word. no undies from the flag pole?? i love it! i think all children should have the kind of confidence chip displays.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Whaaat! "Real Genius" ??!! (I own the DVD -- not sure if I should be proud or embarassed).


January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterABBY

Oh, that is too funny. And you have me most intrigued as to what YOURS said. I think we all have stages in our lives that when we go back and re-live them we feel a little sick to our stomachs.
I can't wait to see Ruth and Eve the Greats shows.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherann

seriously Kate, we need to hear yours, I can just imagine!
I love the entry there, "Its Sunday and I don't want to go to church" and that is all he had to say about that...

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

I love that Chip looks exactly the same now as he did when he was 8..

And man, a toy that can turn from a robot to a monster to a person? Sign me up! Everyone should have one of those.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

i'm pretty sure that it's rare for little boys to keep journals like this- that is so cool he did that and that he played for "pop" and ice cream. i too love the church comment that opens the entry. i think you've got to bust out some of your choice entries though katie!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpatria

You totally cracked me up! It makes me me want to go dig out my own journals from early childhood which were just the opposite: self-debasing and a bit depressing. Hmm, maybe I'll leave them alone a while longer....

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