"It wasn't my hair. It was a tree."
Spent the night with Wanda and a bunch of boys came over. We were all talking outside and Tony sat by me, so Wanda got mad because she likes Tony. Now I like Tony but I'm afraid to tell Wanda.
A 111 year old lady in our church died yesterday. I thought she was already dead.
I was at Wanda's and we were listening to her Bill Withers record ("Lean On Me" is my favorite song) and I thought I was getting sick because my stomach started hurting, but I went to the bathroom and my underwear was all brown (I thought it would be red) and I realized I had started my period!! I stuffed my underwear full of toilet paper and didn't tell Wanda and I went home. Mama gave me a belt and a Kotex pad and some aspirin and now I'm having cramps and feel like I'm wearing a diaper.
Candy is limping again. Getting poison ivy. Wish I had a drink.
Switched hiding place of diary. Taking pills to stop itching of poison ivy.
George the dog got hold of a kitten. I took it to Dr. Cummings and he put it to sleep because two legs & its backbone were broken.
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I found another cat & kittens at the stables and brought them home so George wouldn't get them.
Wore a halter top today. Bought a new bra.
My parents told me I could change to River View (the new white school) if I wanted but I don't. Tommy Townsend next door says he might have to.
I remember exactly when Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed because I was in the kitchen and Mrs. Stringfellow from down the street was there and she said, "Maybe it's for the best" and Mama made me go outside.
There was a picture in the paper of a wood statue of the Virgin Mary in New Orleans with tears in her eyes and her nose dripping. I taped it on the wall in my room.
The squirrel died and I buried her in the horse pen.
Pam made fun of me in front of Tommy Townsend because I was swishing my spit without realizing it. I got mad and Pam said I'm too serious by half. She can be such a pissbutt.
Today everyone was angry. Mama was angry at Stella and Mary, who were angry at each other. Mama was angry at Daddy because he didn't care enough about who was angry. Daddy left and Stella started crying and Mary went outside and slammed the door. Mama made a racket in the kitchen. Bill went to his room and read comic books. I hated it.
Stella left for college today and Mary leaves for college in a week. At dinner, Momma Doll said, "My granddaughters are growing up too fast." (It doesn't seem too fast to me.)
Wanda spent the night. We drank vodka, gin, bourbon with Tab.
My parents never notice because I pour a little bit out of each bottle. I heard Mama say that the newspaper said that President Nixon says the war in Vietnam is over.
I'm 13 years old — officially a teenager. Got a set of heat rollers.
We had a garage sale at our house and I made $2.05. Mary
Mary and Stella have baby books with lots of pictures and writing. My baby book has only three pictures and Bill doesn't even have a baby book. That's why I tell him he's adopted.
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Rode with Pam in the woods & had two glasses of vodka and orange juice. (screwballs)
Mary's boyfriend Riley is here to pick her up to take her back to college. We all like him. He's going to visit here for a few days and sleep on the living room sofa.
After dinner Daddy set up the movie projector and showed old family movies. Mary was so embarrassed in front of Riley that shewent to her room and cried but Daddy didn't notice. I thought the movies were funny. Up until the sixth grade, I was a really cute kid.
I think I like E.N. (His real name is Edgar Napoleon.)
First day of 8th grade at Robert E. Lee Junior High. I was introduced at assembly as the new mascot but I didn't have to wear the costume. I have a good schedule — except mean old Mrs. Potts.
Saw E.N. but I didn't talk to him because I couldn't think of anything to say.
Daddy took piano lessons for NINE years! He said his mother made Uncle Henry take violin lessons, but Uncle Henry hated it. So one day Uncle Henry got so fed up he smashed his violin to pieces and that was that.
Rode Rex. He reared and acted bad and I could hardly control him. Storm warnings were out.
At the Montgomery High football game there was a Jesus freak out on the track praying for everyone and people were making fun of him. I felt sorry for him.