Sunday, August 05, 2007

A Cindy Retrospective

For my loyal fans, here is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the beginnings of my illustrious career as a writer. A writer of boring legal stuff that doesn't have my name on it, but a writer none the less.

So, for your edification and enjoyment, here are some excerpts -- chosen more or less randomly -- from my first journal ever. Spelling and capitalization are as in the original, but unfortunately I can't reproduce the interesting handwriting.

From the first page:
On Cristmis 1987 I got a Bear And BIBLE. [Ed. I also got the journal, but I thought that was too obvious to warrant mention.] The day actor Cristmis is my birthday. I got skates. And we went to our grandma's home. We had fun. . . . On Thursday JANUARY 1988 I had my warts freesed. And my tempuchr wuss 98 point 1. The day actor that my tempuchr wus 102 point 6. T. day actor that my tempchr wus 103 point 4. On Sunday I rote in my journal. And my temperaturt was 100.

Page 11:
I was babtised on my birthday. I was at my Grandma and Grandpa's house. My Grandpa is a p bishop! We went to a church, it was the wrong one. So we went to the right one.

Page 12:
It snowed on Feb. 8th and 9th 1989. [Ed. That's all that's written on the entire page.]

From page 40:
Dec. 1, 1990
. . . . I am on Mosiah on the book of Morman. I like Mosiah and Alma best, because they have lots of wars. I like The Man From Snowy River 1 and 2. We saw part one yesterday. I better read alot in the book of Morman to finish it by my birthday. I have a goal to read the B of M and write in my journal every day.

From page 43:
Dec. 25, 1990
I finished the Book of Mormon. I got neat presents. I got a clock/radio, backpack, book, bathrobe, 2 jumpropes, 3 puzzels, a set of the 7 Anne of Green Gables set, and a video. [Ed. If you think this list is bad, you should see the entry from Easter, where I cataloged every kind of candy I got, including "20 jelly beans (of the regular 1 black, 3 green, 3 pink, 3 orang, and 2 white, of the speckled 2 green, 1 purple, 1 blue, 2 orange, and 2 yellow."]

Dec. 26, 1990
I'm on Genisis 3, Nephi 4, and D and C 85. I got a cassete tape reckorder for my birthday. We had a half a cheesecake since the sewer backed up.

And there you have it. If that's not some compelling writing, I don't know what is.


todorojo said...

Dear Cindy,
So, what does eating half a cheesecake have to do with the sewer being backed up?

A loyal fan

Cindy said...

That's what I was wondering too. It is rather cryptic.

My best guess is that my mom was too busy worrying about the sewer to bake a birthday cake, so we made do with leftover cheesecake. The problem with this hypothesis is that we don't usually have cheesecake around Christmas time. Maybe this year was an exception.

Anonymous said...

We remember the sewer backing up, but we can't remember the cheesecake.


Anonymous said...

I was looking through one of my old journals the other day, so I was especially amused by your discussion of your old one. I do think mine had better spelling, though it was still awful, punctuation, and capitalization, but as I wrote mine in fifth grade, that is rather to be expected. The journal entries were highly amusing, especially your note about your list of specific jelly beans you got for Easter; I have some long lists, but that beats all of mine.


Meg said...

Cindy, you are hi-larious! I'm afraid to try and find some of my old journal entries. I think I tore up a lot of what I wrote in my younger days. I've got this thing with journals. I guess that's one good thing about blogging, you can't tear it up.

Chatalita said...

So what you are saying is that there is hope for me to become a great writer after all!!

Another Loyal Fan