Hughie settled $250 short today. I hope he finds it. Saw V tonight (how unusual). Walt was there with Alice - we played bridge. Then after Walt had gone home in Bob's car which stopped around, V. and I talked about our own wedding, what we want it to be - our wedding night - whom we should invite etc. She promised to do anything for me. To let me wash her hair to let me undress her on our nuptial evening.
Stayed at home tonight. V went down to see Buster Keaton in "College" with her mother and brother. Did you enjoy it dear without me? I know I spent a rather wretched evening sitting at home reading. I went to bed at nine o'clock I was so sleepy and tired - Sweetheart how I miss you -
You can watch the silent movie "College" on You Tube.
Took V. home from school - after (?) down to see Bill. Bill had (?) and it was good. Of course we didn't have enough to make us even happy but I believe V. thought I was a little too much (?) but the stuff was good. Bill, Al, and myself finished a quart both of it - mmm.
Washington's birthday. Went over to V.s today at 2:00 o'clock. We went to see the "Sharp Shooters" at the (?). Rather dumb play but passed the time enjoyably. We then went back home and had dinner (so good). Bill came over to see Alice - (?) while we stayed home and helped Mrs. Scott (mother) clear up and then sat 'round talking together - a most enjoyable day. Mr. (?) passed away, thank goodness. V. cried herself to sleep last night. I am sorry, dear.
I am in the midst of another morose spell. Bitterness - Fight John for her - We went to a dance at the church - I came up after work - everything fine till we (?) - then it broke in me like a clear (?). Why can't I be steady and even-tempered. V. - I love you. Oh but I hope(?) I am better by tomorrow. (?)
I cried myself to sleep last night. It's agony when a man (does(?) a man cry) cries. It seems to grip his mind, spirit(?), and body. It tears his very thoughts apart - (?). V. home from school tonight. I went in the home and had some of Mrs. Scott's wonderful cake. V and I are going to Washington to see V.s relatives in the spring - hurry up, oh spring time. Nite dear one.
Damn - Bill was over at V.s. He had a date with Alice. Why couldn't we have been alone. I told V. of my (?) (God and how) desire for her. Irish plus heavy(?) life and curly hair = passion. I can't help it. I want you dear. I want to feel your flesh pressed to mine - (Why can't I be the perfect man she wants me to be. God gave me the strength to be true to her (?) in me. I love you dear.
(In the margins: I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. Strength? Strength. God, when? I love you. I love you. love. love. LOVE.)
Written on 2-19-28. We made candy tonight (2-18-28). Great fun - sweetness - hominess - love - joy - happiness - no trace of sorrow - forever! She told me how L(?) - cad - had treated her. He kissed her. Can any (?) be broad-minded enough to hear that from his sweetheart unmoved - He is a cad and I am willing to say it to his face. Lord help me but I hate that fellow.
Went to the alumni dance at the Woman's Club tonight and had a darn good time. When we started out or just before I thought I was going to fall into another spell of melancholy - but it passed away. (?) of old acquaintance. Had a great old time. V. tops them all by miles - wonderful. (?)
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.