Thursday, May 20, 2010

Diary of a With It Kid

Or more specifically: Diary of a tomboy who loved to read, tell jokes, ride bikes, play Barbies, bury dead birds, play sports, and who eventually became boy crazy in junior high. Yeah, that kid.
Most of you blog readers are writers. And you write for children, right? So, where else to capture the voice of youth but a diary. How about my diary? Yes, I'll give you a peek. I'll try to post one a week for a while. Don't worry, it'll get juicier by the time I'm in the throes and woes of junior high...

I received this diary when I was almost eight years old.

Here are my first two entries word for word that I wrote the summer before third grade:

6/18
Dear Diary,
I have been thinking of what I am going to be when I grow up. I want to be a vetinarian, pet store lady, model, be on commercials, a TV star or a song writer. or a teacher.

6/18
Me and Anne are writing in our Diary's today. And Anne is writing about our last eclipse and what she is going to be when she grew up. Anne let me see her Diary and I got what I was going to be, from her.

It's nice to see that I accomplished a few goals of my childhood. I did become a teacher. I was an extra in two tv shows, and I write song parodies (okay, those are a stretch)!

What did you want to be when you grew up? What does your character want to be when he/she grows up?

32 comments:

Anita said...

I wanted to be a forensic pathologist. I'm not kidding.

Your diary cover is adorable!

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Jonathon Arntson said...

I wanted to be an architect. My characters want to be normal.

Anita - I can totally see you taking over CSI! It's a bit of a commute, but you definitely have the personality!

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Kim Kasch said...

Great post Kelly. It made me think what did I want to be.

I wanted to be a child psychologist. I have been a foster parent and worked with kids with behaviorial disabilities. Plus I have three kids of my own and a big kid for a husband ;-)

Plus, I wanted to be a writer :)

Kelly said...

Anita - I could totally see that, too. Or one of your characters involved in a CSI event.
Jon - What changed your mind about the architect thing? Was Mike Brady your hero? :) (oh, wait, you are way too young to have watched The Brady Bunch...)
Kim - That is interesting, and you've certainly found ways to still support and help children!

Jonathon Arntson said...

No, Mike Brady was not my hero, but I totally watched TBB! My sister and I stayed up until 3AM one whole week during the summer and watched the entire show marathon on Nick-at-Nite. It was glorious.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I always wanted to be a teacher - always. And I am. :-)

My MC wants to be a ninja-airplane pilot-mechanic.

Candyland said...

Ha! Pet store lady! How cute. I used to be a veterinarian and a rockstar:)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Hi, Kelly--(I'm going to give ths a second go...my computer got mad at me while I was commenting on your blog earlier.) I wish I had kept my diaries...I don't remember getting rid of them, but I don't have them anymore. I have journaled in my adult life. I re-met my father after about 20 year seperation and I've journaled about our visits. I journal whenever I make trips...

I wanted to be a nun until I was in 5th grade. Catholic you ask? No, Presbyterian...Go figure!

Kelly H-Y said...

I LOVE it! How fun to see those entries! I wanted to be an astronaut ... for a LONG time. Then, in college, I discovered a love for business, and a severe dislike of Physics ... and realized that the astronaut-thing probably wasn't for me! :-)

Kelly said...

Jon - I'm glad you got to experience the grooviness of TBB!
Shannon - Hurray for teachers!
Candy - My parents and sister used to make fun of me for writing that I wanted to be a pet store lady! :) Yes, a rock star you are!
Sharon - That is too bad you don't have your diaries! And wow on your nun aspirations!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

That is just the age my daughter is now. She has an awesome diary. It is all about being mad at me. I would share it if it wasn't totally reprehensible for me to do so. Although so far it has not been a secret. We are an open journal household at this point.

DEZMOND said...

Kells, judging from your looks, you could still become a model or a TV star ^_^

Ann Marie Wraight said...

When I was REALLY young I wanted to be a BOY when I grew up....I cut off all my hair and refused to wear skirts.

Now I am the mother of 2 sons....HELL - what was I thinking!!!!!!!

Rena said...

Great post, Kelly. I had diaries when I was a kid, but was never good at writing in them.

I wanted to be a veterinarian. I worked as a vet assistant for awhile and LOVED it, but I'm glad I didn't choose that as a profession. I love animals, but not all the headaches of running the business.

My characters -- oh gosh, which ones? Dilly wanted to find a job so he didn't have to be a thief. That's a pretty admirable thing. My last MG characters just want to be kids and not grow up too fast.

Kelly said...

Tina - Ahhh, second graders! My 7 yr old started a journal, but only wrote two entries. One was about boys. Should I be worried already?!
Dezmond - You are too sweet!!
Ann Marie - I didn't want to be a boy, but I looked like one anyway! Really!
Rena - My veterinary dreams were squashed because I was way too squeamish about blood and stuff. :)

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

That is just too cute!!!

I wanted to be an actress. Some of my friends think I am an actress. I digress....

I want to be an author when I grow up. My main character just wants to be happy when he's a big boy. Can't go wrong with that!

Fun wee post, Kelly :)

Hema P. said...

Kelly, how wonderful that you acheived so many of your goals from when you were eight! And you had some grown-up goals for an eight year old. Bravo!

I have always wanted to be an Aeronautics Engineer (at least as far back as I can remember) and a writer (sunconsciously). I am the latter now, and I became a Software Engineer professionally. Not quite the same thing, but not too far either... :)

I look forward to the other entries from your diary, esp. the promised juicier ones!! ;)

Yaya' s Home said...

I am totally looking forward to the secrets that spill from your diaries, Kelly. What a great way to help others know how to think like a child.

From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. I allowed that I would definitely fit in the time for being a wife and a mama, too, of course. Oh yes, and a teacher, carpenter, architect, Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, chef, taxi driver, fashion designer and an artist so I could draw the pictures for all my own stories.

And then when I turned four...

~ Yaya
Yaya's Home

Yaya' s Home said...

Oh, I forgot to mention the trouble I had in becoming an Olympic Swimmer; I can't swim. It made it very difficult to get on any of the Olympic teams.

~ Yaya
Yaya's Home

Susan Fields said...

How cool that you still have your diary! I never understood why I should keep one, thinking I'd never read it again. Now I know I was wrong about that.

I think I always wanted to be a writer, until reality set in and I realized I probably wouldn't be able to make a living that way. So I became an engineer instead.

PJ Hoover said...

How fun, Kelly! I was so spotty at writing in a diary. But what I do remember is hilarious. I have mine. Maybe I'll have to dig it out.

Hema P. said...

I kept thinking about your question even after I left a comment here, and I realized that somehow I had forgotten the one thing that I used to be very passionate about as a kid (sad when that happens :)). For the longest time, I used to dream of competing against Steffi Graff at Wimbledon (she used to be the reigning queen of tennis then). The only tennis I play now as an adult is the Wii game, and with my daughter, nieces and nephew ;-).

Laura Pauling said...

I'd have to seriously dig mine out of my parent's attic. I don't remember what my childhood aspirations were. One of my current char. wants to be a lawyer. :)

Elana Johnson said...

Oooh, I love this glimpse inside your head. I wanted to be a teacher. I am a teacher.

My MC's don't really think about what they want. They live in a controlled society and are TOLD what they want. I need to stew on this...

Suzanne Casamento said...

Awesome post! "Pet Store Lady" is sooo cute. I love that you kept a diary and that you still have it. I'm envious. It must be an amazing resource for you when it comes to your writing.

I wanted to be a singer when I was growing up.

My characters just want to make it through the hardest summer ever.

Lydia Kang said...

I wanted to just get my period. Mission accomplished, and then some.

My characters just want to be loved and not abandoned!

Julie Musil said...

I'm must amazed that you still have that diary! Makes me wonder where mine are (scary).

You're a goal reacher, that's got to feel good!

slhastings said...

A "Charlie's Angel"...

A singer...

A solid gold dancer...

LOL

Sliding on the Edge said...

I was so going to be an archeologist and an actress. I was sure I could make those into some very meaningful career. I still think I could do that.

Kelly said...

Wendy - I want to be an author when I grow up, too!
Hema - You had high aspirations! And you can still be the Wii tennis champ!
Yaya - Ahh, the many dreams of a young child...
Susan - You can be both!
PJ- I do giggle reading at silly entries. Very dramatic.
Laura - Is your main character on the debate team?
Elana- I am looking forward to reading about your main character when it's published!!!!!!!
Suzanne- It has been so fun to look back inside my young head!
Lydia - I was NOT looking forward to that one!
Julie - It's one of the few things I have from my childhood!
Sam - I could so see you as all of those ;)
Lee - Go for it! :)

Julie Musil said...

Kelly, thanks for stopping by my blog. It sounds like you had the ultimate awesome Sunday!

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