Snippets from my five-year diary.
*1970 (age 12): Happy Easter. I’m the Easter Bunny since I don’t believe anymore. Went to Uncle Pete’s house for a get-together. 50 people came.
Imagine, admitting I didn’t believe in the Easter Bunny anymore! Although, it did give me the chance to be the egg hider, which was a promotion in my parents’ eyes.
The holiday get-togethers at Uncle Pete’s were always fun. All the cousins, aunt, uncles, and Grandma would gather for a day of fun, food, and festivities. They always had egg hunts for the kids (after egg-dying). An Easter Hat contest – Grandma always won 1st Place.
*1971 (age 13): Mon. It was Easter one year ago today. Not today though.
Not much must have happened that day.
*1972 (age 14): Wed. Had fun yesterday at [the] Park. Slept in again and stayed up late and watched Mannix.
Yesterday’s entry showed my friends and I went to Roeding Park – a great place to hang out when we were younger. There was Playland (rides), a zoo, and Storybook Land (fairy tales and fun things to see and do. Plus, there was a small lake and we would rent a paddle boat for 30 minutes to an hour.
Mannix, popular then. And now, on reruns.
*1973 (age 15): Thur. Got my bike – now the wheel is perfectly straight.
A crooked wheel is definitely a problem. It's good I got it fixed.
*1974 (age 16): Fri. I’m in a lot better mood today. I’m getting a “B” in English, a “B” in Biology, and an “A” in Photography, probably a “B” in Algebra & P.E. & hopefully an “A” but at least a “B” in Spanish. Had a test in Driver’s ed today. Me & Bob were laying ball in the front yard and truck drove by and stopped.
Not sure why I had been in a bad mood, as nothing was mentioned before this post. Grades were always a big deal. My dad would wait for the report cards from my brother and me. Thankfully, mine was decent – I remember it was always stressful until I knew what I was getting.
Not sure of the significance of the truck stopping, but it must have been important back then.
Note to self: Though grades were a big deal and will be through the rest of school and college, remember you are not defined by your grades. Let yourself make mistakes and be average once in a while – it will take a lot of pressure off. Trust me.
I’d totally forgotten about that show Mannix! I don’t think I watched much TV but I liked his looks on the previews. Also, you’ve reminded me of my childhood with cousins about your Easter at Uncle Pete’s.Now I have the subject of my next blog post. Thanks Joan!
My husband loves to watch the old Mannix shows. Every time he watches one it brings back memories. Yes, he was handsome. And better-looking in person. Not sure if you read any previous posts, but his aunt used to live across the street from my dad in Fresno. When he came to town, my friends and I would sit outside and sneak peeks of him. He was always friendly and waved. Then we’d all act like starstruck fans and giggle.
Oh, I would have loved to see him in person! Fun!
Our habits of pushing ourselves to do well in school last a lifetime, don’t they. Glad we’re not SO hard on ourselves nowadays. xoA
I agree, Annis. Though, I do slip back into that mode once in a while. 🙂