Diary Mar 20

Snippets from my five-year diary.

March 20.

*1970 (age 12): 12:00 Dismissal – Spring and Easter Vacation. 2 weeks. YAHOO! (Although) I have to do chores with a capital “C”

Two weeks’ vacation and chores. My dad had a habit of giving me lots of chores during summer and spring vacation. He’d list about nine things, then give me a “chore of my choice” to fill in for number ten. His chores included: clean the tile in the bathroom shower, dust the Venetian blinds, etc. Note, those are not like the little plastic or wood mini-blinds of today. Those were metal blinds that left cuts on the edges of your fingers. I hated cleaning those blinds and probably why I ignore cleaning my mini-blinds today. If you come over and see dusty blinds, you’ll know why.

*1971 (age 13): Sat. A year ago today we took the mouse to the SPCA.

I had to look ahead on last year’s entry to get the details on my mouse. It was my first ‘real’ pet. Before that, I had lizards and other weird wildlife. I got a mouse and named it Marty. Later, we found out she was a Martha. She developed a tumor and we took her to the SPCA to be put down. Interesting that I didn’t even name her in this year’s post.

*1972 (age 14): Mon. Went back to school had fun.

At least school was fun – though I have no idea what we did and why it was so fun.

*1973 (age 15): Tues. Happy Tuesday too. Today me and Vicki got back all of our film with the inner tubes. I took in the film from the party.

We had obtained some very large inner tubes and ended up playing with them in the front yard. I remember Vicki and I took a lot of pictures of us rolling and jumping on them. This is when we had film cameras and we had to wait to get them developed – even if they were blurry. So many blurry, ruined pictures. I’m sure my parents didn’t like all that wasted film.

*1974 (age 16): Wed. I found out our class rings are coming in, on Friday. Yay, finally. Had a couple of tests. Nothing interesting happened with “B.”

Fresno High was a three-year high school, so in 10th grade, we ordered our class rings. Our school colors were purple and gold and I remember how excited I was to get my ring.


Note to self: While it was great to write about your days, taking pictures really helps bring the memories into sharper focus. Good job taking all those pictures!