Monday, March 7, 2011

Dear Diary 4

Write what you know. You can dig down and remember feelings of teen angst by looking back to your own experiences. If you kept a diary like I did, you can see how you really felt about your parents, boys, sports, boys, school, and boys.

Here's another excerpt from the Diary of a With It Kid series. If you missed my last entries, see my aspirations as a youth here, puke entry here, and a fourth grade entry here.

Today's entry is how youth really can use classic literature to help their love life. Also how I had my eye on another seventh grader while "going with" another. (sorry, Logan) I was such a heartbreaker (NOT!). And I changed the boy's names to protect their fragile hearts.
Read on to see...

January 31
You know how I like Chase but I'm goin' with Logan. Well, only Sandy, Jenny, and Becky know - hopefully noone else because I didn't tell anyone else. Well, I don't know if I want anyone to know - I kinda wish Logan would break up with me because I hate breaking up with people. I knew, because I did it one whole other time. And it was Chase the summer before this school year of seventh grade. And I had my bff call him to do it. I hope Chase likes me.


February 3rd
Chase is a total babe. He's my "leifie" (that's German for little loved one. I got it out of Diary of Anne Frank). He knows what it means & he calls me "leifie" too. (It's pronounced leafye, but we just say leafy) Greg, Robert, Becky, Jenny and I were reading Diary of Anne Frank - this one book because we had already passed the eighth grade book. Chase was walking from Art (we were in the cafeteria for reading group) and "liefie" came along in the story & I called him that (Becky knew why!). So we told him what it meant! I'm so sneaky... Maybe he just thought I was flirting with him. But anyway, we call eachother "leafie" now. Notice how I change the spelling throughout the entry. I hope he likes me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See, I've always had an affinity for exclamation points. I was (or rather Becky was for me) my go to break up for me gal supposed to break up with Logan today after 4th hour, but he left early. I think Becky will call him and break up with him for me. I'm such a coward! When 4th hour was almost over, my stomach was doing flip flops because I thought I was going to break up with him soon. Then he left.

Chase is like a totally awesome, foxy, tubular, vicious for sure BABE all the way. Like freak me out! What a fox! Yes, I really wrote that.


February 6
I broke up with Logan today. Mary Kate told him 1st hour. Mary Kate is apparently my other go to gal for breaking up with guys for me. Chase is still a babe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mary Kate likes Don so she won't go to the dance with John. Becky is still madly in love with Ryan. Nothing real exciting happened today. Um, I'm single! I did my round off back in gym. Can you believe I could do that?! That's a back flip!


Though that was the end of my friends breaking up with guys for me. My next three junior high boyfriends broke up with me. Bastards.


February 7
It's all over the school that I like Chase. First only five people knew.Then Mary Kate told Jim, Jim told Scott. Logan and Chris knew too! Don't ask me how??! Because you told two friends and they told two friends and so on and so on, dipwad.


February 8
You'll never guess what Tracy told me! That Chase was going to give up girls for two years! Like, I'm so sure. Everybody (and I mean everybody) knows I like Chase. Way to be mysterious, Kelly.


February 10
The dance was okay. Becky doesn't like Ryan anymore, he's goin' with Jodi. Becky likes Joel. Mary Kate now likes John. I danced with Chase four times. He picked me twice and I picked him twice. I thought he'd ask me out but nooooooo. When we were dancing, Vicky came up and said, "Why don't you ask her out?" He shook his head. I could've killed her. I really thought he liked me because when Mary Kate asked him to dance he said, "No because I want to dance with Kelly." But the last dance he picked Tracy!


February 15
Chase gave Tracy a note Valentine's Day. He said he liked me for a friend, only for a friend. But scribbled out, "She's not my type." Oh, well. I started laughing when I read that. You go, girl. I think I like Jon, too. He's pretty funny. Yes, go for the funny ones, Kel!


February 23
Here's a list of total babes - Chase, Mike, Ricky Shroeder, Tom Howell, and Michael Jackson.

Boy crazy, much?


And those were the days of my seventh grade life. Who did you think was a total babe when you were in seventh grade?

41 comments:

DEZMOND said...

OMG it's a total teen soap opera :))

Matthew Rush said...

I wonder if Chase knows you called him a babe, and how he would feel about it.

Lola Sharp said...

Yeah, where's Chase now? He's probably a fat, balding toad and you are still gorgeous. :)

Bish Denham said...

Tubular? I was so not like that. My friends were boys, not girls and I did boy things with them, like go fishing. And I was the only girl who went with them when they raced their slotcars at the hobby shop. But swoon over them? Date them? Dance with them? No way.

Kelly said...

Dezz- Yes, those junior high days were filled with (self inflicted) DRAMA!
Matthew and Lola - He knew then! And he'd laugh now. He's a good sport.

MG Higgins said...

This is hilarious! I was an introverted dweeb in 7th grade ... I drooled from afar.

Kelly said...

Bish - I was very much a tomboy growing up until junior high. I remember when my dad lamented when I took down all my posters of animals in my room and put up pictures of celebrity boys!
Mel- I was an extroverted dweeb in 7th grade. :)

Anita said...

KELLY: This post has made my morning...just completely brought me back to seventh grade, when I thought Bret Romero was my future husband. Bret later kissed Sandra V. (this was called "going out on me") while I was away at camp. Sandra V. turned out to be a lesbian, so hah on Bret!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Yay! You had me laughing. The travails of junior high... so funny! As is your commentary.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

LOL I love this!!! See, this is part of what I posted about today. Perspective - remembering what it was like to actually be that age. So awesome of you to post these - they rock.

Laura Pauling said...

That is too funny! I remember writing things like that too!

Suzanne Casamento said...

"Chase is like a totally awesome, foxy, tubular, vicious for sure BABE all the way. Like freak me out! What a fox! Yes, I really wrote that."

That's when I started cackling really loud. I am so glad I came to your blog first this morning. I woke in a grumpy mood. You sure fixed that!!!

Theresa Milstein said...

"Ricky Shroeder, Tom Howell, and Michael Jackson." I don't know if my choices are any better, but I'm raising an eyebrow at the 7th-grade you.

Who did I like in 7th-grade? The lead singer in Wham! (no gaydar, obviously), Sting, Simon and LeBon and John Taylor from Duran Duran.

Now I'm raising an eyebrow at the 7th-grade me.

I really, really loved this. You should use your own teen voice in novels. It's gold.

Lydia K said...

Total soap opera! Wow, that was entertaining!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

"Like, I'm so sure."

omg I love your younger self. The voice--classic and SO perfect to learn from. And I had almost as bad a case of the boy crazies as you did, so reading this just shoots memories of my own straight through my mind.

Kelly said...

Anita - Ha! Jokes on Bret! Though Bret Romero is a cool name for a character...
Tina - Junior high was drama and more drama! Oy. But funny now!
Lindsay - I hope I'm not embarrassing any of my old flames by posting this! Though I guess the one who should be embarrassed is me!
Laura - I wish I kept a journal in hs, too!
Suz- Glad to give you a giggle. And I can't believe I used to say tubular!
Theresa - A few months after this post I discovered Duran Duran and they covered my walls. I think a small part of me still hearts Simon and John!
Lydia - A good reminder how little things affect a junior high girl SO much!
Sara - Like, thanks. Totally! :)

alexia said...

This is awesome! I love: "totally awesome, foxy, tubular, vicious for sure BABE all the way. Like freak me out! What a fox!" so much!

Christina Lee said...

AHHHHHHHH so love this! " He's my "leifie" "--> precious!

Solvang Sherrie said...

This is too funny!! I remember in fifth grade we would send notes to this cute guy in our class, Robby, and ask him to put our names in the order he liked us. I was always number three :( I crushed on that boy off and on through sophomore year of high school! *sigh* Wonder where he is now...

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

This is soooo great!!! Love it! I wish I'd kept a diary so that I could read it now. Such fun. Thanks for sharing this. ; )

Donna Earnhardt said...

Great stuff, Kelly. This really should be a book. I mean, like, it would so tubular.

:)

hugs,
Donna

Marisa Hopkins said...

OMG, like totally crack me up (I'm channeling my inner youth - that explains why it's dated :D)

Seriously, Kelly, this was hilarious. Your diary AND most importantly, your commentary :D I have my 7th grade journal, too. I will, however, NEVER share it publicly. It's humiliating.

Loved this post!

Rena said...

Love this post. Life was so dramatic, but fun back then.

Susan Fields said...

I loved this! I was honestly laughing out loud as I read this. At the part when you said "Yes, I really wrote that," I was actually thinking "Did she really write that?"

I had the hots for this boy named Jeff all through middle school and high school. He never liked me for more than a friend, though. Ah, teen angst!

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my goodness, this is a riot ... and a serious gold mine for getting back into the mindset of pre-teen/teen for writing purposes! Love this! (You were really good at writing in your diary ... mine has ridiculous gaps of months/years ... not helpful at all!). :-)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Oh, that was great stuff Kelly! I was in love with a 9th grader. He was awesome...he wore one of those Saturday Night Fever shirts to the school dances white flaired jeans, white blond hair that was feather....ummmmm he was hot!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh my word, I love this in about a thousand different ways. And we will totally make it work in Chicago, you hear??? How could I not after reading that. You, my dear, are magnificent.

Kelly Hashway said...

I love that you shared this! Hmm, I do recall being rejected by a boy in 7th grade. I was very young for my grade and that was definitely my awkward stage!

Kelly said...

Alexia - I still can't believe I wrote that!
Christina - Now that was cute that I used that term of endearment!
Sherrie - Robby's loss!!!!
Cynthia - Yes, it makes me wish I kept one in hs too!
Donna - Like, thanks for sure.
Marisa - You. Need. To. Share. :)
Rena - Yes, things were definitely blown out of proportion!
Susan - Did you ever see him at any hs reunions?
Kelly - I do have a lot of gaps, too. This was just wasn't one of those times!!
Sharon - Hee! Feathered hair!!!
Carol - 30stm would be so much fun!
Kelly - I think jr. high is an awkward stage for most! Definitely my most awkward time!

Kiki Hamilton said...

Oh my gosh. Kelly! That is HILARIOUS! Thank you for sharing that little hot tub time machine moment. Off to see if you have other 'Dear Diary' posts!

Missed Periods said...

First of all, you are so brave to look back at your junior high diary. I have mine, but I can't bring myself to look at it. But I was totally as boy crazy as you. I can remember dedicating a page to all the guys I had a crush on; I think it might have been half the school.

taio said...

superb

Tracy said...

This made me smile and cringe and flush embarrassed for similarities I with my own seventh grade self. Too freaking cute!

Oh, and I'm so very sorry that I have the same name as the girl that Chase (jerk) picked for the last dance and sent a note to saying he only liked you as a friend. For what it's worth, I never went out with Chase, I swear. I was crazy about Corey.

cleemckenzie said...

Will we be reading about these slice of life experiences in your novels, Kelly? Yum.

Robert Guthrie said...

Out of the blue a friend from high school sent me a letter I'd sent her. Wow. A plumb-line down into sophomore misery. Took me a while to recover.

Hema P. said...

Hahaha... that was funny! Not dramatic at all :-). Thanks for sharing these with us, Kelly! I had tears in my eyes from laughing -- love the concept of "go to gal for breakup!!"

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks for sharing this, Kelly--totally tubular!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I have an award for you, Kelly!

Kelly said...

Thanks for all of your great comments, everyone! I haven't been as present here lately! Will be checking more blogs tomorrow!

Dawn Simon said...

Priceless! :) And your commentary cracked me up!

I wish I'd kept more of my diaries. I have a puke entry too!

Her highness, Samantha VĂ©rant said...

OMG! I, like, totally, like wish I kept a diary. This was absolutely HYSTERICAL! Please, please, please, tell me you have more! LOVE IT. : )