Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dear Diary....

Locking Red Italian Leather Diary with Key (5
Source: Dear Diary....
It is rare thing to grab a random day’s memories from say, July 20, 1968.  Just a few words of a memory, but somehow those words piece together who I was on that day.

Forgotten diaries reveal so much, maybe too much sometimes.

July 20, 1968:  Grandma Cardiff is moving out of her apartment.  This makes me so sad.  She has a lot of packing to do.  I started a “hope chest” today with some of her linens and glasses.

Translation:  My grandma had been widowed in 1965, which sent her into a traveler’s life.  This new apartment was close to my high school, and I could walk there, spend the nights.  It was my escape place, removed from the farm and its demands.  Now she was moving off again.  She gave me some of her treasured dishes and embroidered pillow cases.    She made me feel happy and loved, and now she was off again.

July 20, 1968: Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrain landed on the moon safely.  Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon.

Translation:  I had graduated high school six weeks before.  I was heading to college, after herculean work to obtain a scholarship.  The news had been following the projected moon-landing.  In the middle of the night for our area, I watched it while my family slept.  The volume was on low, but the excitement was not.  That day was one of future possibilities—for me.

What will I read next?

Footprint on the Moon
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26 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness....time travel. I wish I had kept a diary. Never too late to begin I guess.

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    1. It's funny to have found this old diary at the bottom of a crate. I don't know why it wasn't tossed out long ago. But it is a treat.

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  2. How wonderful that you have these wonderful memories written down. What feelings they must evoke.

    I have kept journals during difficult times in my life as it has helped me enormously get thru the trauma. I found one recently, but after reading two pages, I had to put it down. I must throw them away.

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    1. I have other journals, too. They are also reflections of where/who I was. Some of them were written during some desperate times.
      Don't throw them away! Well, someday.

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  3. Oh my goodness.... how truly wonderful to always have kept a diary. I'm an off an oner when it comes to jotting down my thoughts. I bet not too many young gals know what you meant by the word hope chest. My grandfather made me a neat wood cedar chest and my aunts began to fill it for me. Gone with the buggy whips.

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    1. It was part of that era: the hope chest. I never had an actual chest, but other (wealthier) girls had chests, lined with cedar. The buggy whip and the Gibson Girl hair style.

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    2. My boyfriend in high school made a hope chest for me. When we 'broke up' my grandmother kept it. When she passed, it went to my mother, who still has it. :)

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  4. Precious words about your grandmother. We are about the same age bound by similar memories. My mother and I went shopping for (as she called it in fun) my hopeless chest. It is an ornately carved Chinese chest which I still have, filled with family heirloom linens and laces.

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    1. how wonderful that you have the chest! I finally bought a chest to also hold those heirlooms. I bought it about 10 years ago.

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  5. I had a diary (or as guys called them, "journals") when I was younger but I only kept up with it for about two weeks lol.

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    1. Journaling becomes a habit, I guess. Try doing it at his stage of your life!

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  6. That is great to be able to go back and see what you wrote

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  7. I'm impressed. I started writing a diary long ago but wasn't able to keep it up. It's priceless going back and reading about your grandmother and historic moments like the moon landing. Thanks for the little side-note translations. They are just as priceless.

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    1. I noticed in the diary that I stopped writing in it when summer ended and college began. I found that interesting.

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  8. How wonderful that you kept a diary, and that you also retained them. From time to time I started one - mostly pouring out teenage anxt, but even then I recognised them as self indulgent drivel and they were shredded and discarded.

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    1. My diary was never "for my eyes only". I had 3 teenage brothers at the time. There was no idea of 'personal space' with them.

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  9. How fun. I have a diary similar to the one pictured that was my mother's. Nothing memorable, but fun. I never kept a journal of any kind, although my mother once gifted me with a blue one.

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    1. I still have a 'diary/journal' with Scripture readings to do that day. If I keep up with the reading, I will have read the entire Bible in one year. Other daily journals have been from Ireland, Smithsonian, etc. Just tidbits of each day.

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    2. I still keep a daily journal. They are very different from the little lock and key diaries on my youth.

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  10. What a great post!!! I have kept a Diary since I was 14 and sheeze!!!!.... the stuff I read makes me laugh one minute and cry the next. Thanks for sharing your Diary.
    Blessings, Joanne

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    1. Oh, some of the entries are so silly in mine. One was about a wart on my foot!

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  11. I started a diary a couple of times but each one was given up pretty quickly. After a few days of 'went to the beach', the pages were used to draw pictures and play games of hangman and noughts and crosses, (tic tac toe) instead.

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    1. For me, on a farm and with limited TV, the diary was something I did every night. Nothing much to do, so journaling became a habit. No one around to play hangman with me, anyway.

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  12. Lol. Every year or two, I start a diary but cannot make it last long. I think a diary is a great thing to have. It preserves memories not only for you, but for future generations.

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  13. Scrapbooks, diaries, lovely ideas and ones that I began and often destroyed. Well a new year, a leaf out of your book. Beginning a sscrapbook of emroidery stitches,leading to various pieces of Anglo-Saxon and Medieval designs to be framed and given as gifts... Well that's the intention, anyway :0)

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!