I haven't the right to be blue or discouraged! I cannot give up, I must keep going - working, studying - Today I feel that life is more trouble than it is worth - but for you I must go on. I must make of myself the most that I can. I have been working all day, then shopping - now supper - than to school. Then you. I am so tired - and I dare not say blue. But I do, oh, I do feel so useless. I thought that the day might seem worthwhile if it closed with you but you did not meet me - as you said you would. I feel more discouraged than ever - not even your laughter in my heart.
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.