A grease spot on my new dress. I am tired, very tired; Mother would not kiss me; DeVoes came in. I feel so discouraged! Only one hope of consolation – John. Too tired for shorthand! To school only to meet you – Any other evening I may not have minded it so much but tonight when I am so depressed – I miss you, John, and I love you!
Brownie, you are a fine dog. Yes, you kept watch over your mistresses when one was in the parlor with Fred and the other in the hall with her pal. How happy I am. I am never so happy as when I am nestling close to your fast-beating heart and my hands are folded snuggly into yours.
BANKING TERMS – II: Accommodation Paper – An instrument to which a maker, drawer, acceptor, or endorser has become a party without consideration, for the purpose of loaning his credit to another.
“Old Ironsides.” A mighty fine picture. Mother and Brother went. But not with us. They arrived home by twelve and we at 12:55. “May I come in until one?” Why, why. Am I really more lovely than Esther Ralston? Am I really “twice, thrice – as lovely?” But you left the thinking to me! I couldn’t find my way thru city hall so you were thinking. You do think me lovely.
A surprise of surprises. Pete called me up to make a date for next Friday evening. How puzzled and bewildered I am. If I say “no” than Pete won’t understand. He has always been a gentlemen and very “nice” to me. Of course, he could not see why I should say “no”—I cannot tell him. If I say “yes” then John won’t understand. I could not deceive you, John. What shall I do? Mamie sent us the money with which to pay our taxes. We are here for seven (?) more months. Will we aver be able to repay the debt we owe her?
I bought a new dress today. Am I selfish or extravagant? It was only ten dollars but mother needed it. Am I so worthless?
COMMON BANKING TERMS-I: Acceptance-A time draft or bill of exchange which has been accepted by the drawee. The drawee indicates his willingness to pay the instrument by writing accepted, the date, his signature, and sometimes the place where payable, across the face of the instrument.
We had a very interesting lecture this evening at “Friendly” on amateur plays and also several monologues. I am to be in a short play at our closing party in May. We are busy getting reading for our “fair” and our lenten* work.
*related to Lent.
After school we talked until nearly eleven o’clock, trying to decide on something original for Saturday evening. We’ve made it “Old Iron Sides.” Fred is coming down. Will our date be double? I imagine Fred wants to see Alice alone. He seldom has. John, I’m always happy alone with you.
THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING – II: If outdoors, keep from prominent objects like trees. Avoid a crowd of people, which gives on, of its own nature, a warm conducive vapor through breathing. If the storm is severe, remove your watch, and do not use an umbrella, particularly if the rod is metal.
A holiday. Downtown with Mother and bought a new hat. John likes it. “Stranded in Phila.” Yes, I treated to the movies. How glad I am that we are free enough together to treat each other. J. will make it up to me ten-fold. Magazines are very convenient especially when we both most hold the center up. How strangely happy I feel tonight.
Home from school with J and Lib(?). No “getting up early” tomorrow, so J. came in. We had crackers and cheese and after the family retired – the kisses. Not even a sportsman bet that my one-hundred year old ring has been on a fairer hand. He’ll stake his life on it. Crackers and cheese and kisses and compliments! Today our mortgage was to be foreclosed. They have extended our time. God is very good to us. Why aren’t we more so to Him.
THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING – I: Take practical precautions. Keep away from fireplaces because the soot, heated air and fire-irons conduct electricity or lightning. The middle of the house or of a room, or standing on a thick rug are safest because they are non-conductors. Avoid the quicksilver on mirrors.
It has snowed since yesterday noon. The wind has been howling all night. I could not go to church in such weather. John called but said that he would not come around “two nights in succession.” Mr. and Mrs. DeVoe came in. I’m glad I was not here. But I have missed you, John. Mrs. DeVoe says married life is “not so bad, after all.” Who sent that Valentine? Was it Lester? If you'll “keep on caring.” But I never cared for anyone but John.
Some “prof.” Finally I’m learning to play bridge. How can I help but learn with such a teacher. So you were lonesome on that big sofa all by yourself! So big and strong – so gentle, so businesslike, so much older than your age and yet such a boyish heart. Exactly six months ago today I was seventeen and six months from today I will be eighteen. After all, I’m not a baby. No, just silly seventeen. But I’m happy!
WHY DOES THUNDER FOLLOW LIGHTNING? Because light travels quicker than sound. The movement of electricity in the air usually between to clouds, makes lightening. This movement also makes heat which causes the clouds close by to spread themselves out. This starts a great wave of air—which is the noise we call thunder.
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.