Last day of the month and therefore statements. Went to school at 8:30. Why? To learn typing and shorting? One hour at school for that? No – to walk home with my “playmate.” How many happy hours we have spent together. “Bob” is going to Florida. Someday we are going to Europe. How we play and laugh and talk and dream. “We need not hope for that which we have already attained.” That “it” may be everlasting.
Yes, he brought another girl home from the party. A right to be jealous? But I’m not! Perhaps it is because I am so sure of him. It is now a few minutes after twelve. At 12 I was in his arms and our lips met in a goodnight kiss. If it could always be 12 o’clock. I will count the hours until 9:30 tomorrow. (Went to Cliveden Pres. together.)
SMALL FEET OF CHINESE WOMEN: Centuries ago, Chinese girls wore linen bandages instead of stockings. The custom grew to admire small feet, so they pulled the bandages tighter and pressed one-year-old babies’ feet into shoes too tiny for them. Formerly, no Chinese girls with big feet could hope to marry “well.”
Another day without you, John, and still we are always together in heart and thought. How thoughtful of you to call me. Please have a good time at the party tonight. I will be thinking of you. Be as kind to her as you are to me and I’m sure she will be proud of you!
I am alone tonight thinking, John, of you who are working so heard at the bank—for me, John, for me? I have not kept my mind on my book. “Delicate aura of charm that radiates from the bursting bud of the finest womanhood.” Ah, that I might be an example.
“ETIQUETTE”: When the gardens of Versailles were being laid out, the gardener put up warning signs or tickets—“etiquettes”—to protect the newly-seeded lawns indicating the proper paths. Louis XIV ordered everyone to keep within the “etiquettes.” Gradually it came to cover all the rules for correct deportment.
May Murray in Valencia at the Stanley. Oh lovely French girl who sang John’s favorite in French,“Cherie.” Yes, we came home from station in a cab and when we got here— ? Ah John, John, don’t ever let anything come between us! The kiss of love (my 1st). I have kept it for you—my prince. John, even though our tongues were still, our hearts were speaking. I am very glad you like my mother. She will never grow old.
Yes, we were together at Alice’s commencement. She looked lovely in her new white dress. I, too, have on a new dress. John likes it, but I felt as though you were not mine, John. Somehow I have felt as though I were not part of the conversation. But tomorrow, John, we will be alone together again.
ARTIFICIAL RUBBER, which is now being artificially cultivated on East Indian plantations, is making Ceylon a commercial center, and giving England a practical rubber monopoly because the artificial product is as good as the fine Para rubber which formerly dominated commerce for the Amazonian countries.
“Deep in my heart, dear, I have a dream of you.” Dreamers get more out of life than do others. Practical and idealistic? Perhaps we’ll travel together some day even if it be on our own little stars.
My work at the office is improving. Ah, what a wonderful world. Why can’t Alice and I agree in such a world as this? We do, don’t we John. What makes the world go ‘round? It’s love! How different today than last Monday.
COMMON ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES FOR EVERY HOME: Fans, telephones, irons, sewing machines, curling irons, immersion heaters, heaters, radios, vacuum cleaners, thermostats, percolators, grill toasters, refrigerators, dishwashers, kitchen units, ventilators, annunciators, stoves, grinders, blowers for oil furnaces, washing machines, ironers, battery chargers, air pumps, toy electric railways, and additional appliances are added daily to the long list.
Went to Sunday School this morning. Lesson on Ruth. I love Naomi. Another sleet storm to day. The trees are beautifully covered with crystal. J and I were going to church. Stayed home with Alice and Irving Little. Didn’t have but a tiny moment to ourselves. Ah, when will you kiss me, John? When? I love you so much. How different this evening from last Sunday.
Had my hair shampooed, cut and marceled.* How long will it stay on? My lst marcel stayed in five weeks. John and I just had a reffing (?) good time together with cards and rubber bands As usual he kissed my fingers and was very gentle with his play. How carefree I feel tonight.
COAL TAR PRODUCTS AND REFINEMENTS INCLUDE PERFUMES: Perfumes do not have to depend upon delicate flowers for their existence any more because coal tar produces them just as fragrant. Coal tar is also the basis for a whole group of medicines, including aspirin, and for many dyes.
*Deep waves made with a hot iron.
This is the journal of Virginia Lee Scott, my grandmother, written when she was seventeen and first dating my grandfather, John Arnold Wilson. It's a dairy published by Media Drug Stores and includes space for two entries per day, with facts about the era printed at the bottom, which I have included in italics. Following, 1928, is the journal of John Arnold Wilson, my grandfather, at age nineteen and in love with my grandmother, followed by my grandmother's journal in 1931.