September 2, 1997
is my very first Diary!
mommy calls it a JOURNAL. She writes in hers' every
was the first day back to school this year. ~ I am
in the second grade.
was SO excited about going to school! *S*
was a good day - but two bad things happened!
boys were chasing the girls and we were hiding from
them. Where I hid, there was a wasp. He STUNG me! ~
I had heard of getting stung by bees - but it never
happened to me before. I hope it never happens again
too! ~ I cried very much! ~ They took me to the
infirmary and there they gave me ice to hold on it.
~ I wanted my mommy, but they couldn't get her. ~ I
was okay later though. The other terrible thing was that they told me to
get on the wrong bus. ~ It was #70 and my bus was
#50! ~ I was very frightened about it! ~~ I THOUGHT
it was the wrong bus right away - and was wondering
what to do - and then a man got on - they said he
was the bus driver. My bus driver is a lady. I
started to really cry then - I was so scared!!!! I
found my own bus though and got home okay. I was
glad to be home. School was fun though. ~ I like my
teacher a lot and I made some new friends today.
I am tired. ~ I asked mommy if we could snuggle and
watch a video and we are going to do that as soon as
I finish my spaghetti.
September 3, 1997
was raining and I got to take my umbrella to school
today. It is cold tonight. We wanted to get into our
pool after school today - but it was too cold. Maybe
we won't get in anymore this year.... the nights are
getting cold again. My mother Cathy came today to visit mommy and me.
She brought us toys from McDonalds' where she works
sometimes. ~ I like those toys.
Pinki ran across the road and got into the manure in
the field and now she is in the kennel in the back
yard until mommy and Peach can give her a bath. ~~~
I don't know why Pinki likes to stink like that. ~ I
am glad she is not a skunk though! ~~~ They REALLY
stink BAD! There isn't much time to play on school nights! ~~ I
miss that time! I had homework tonight! ~~~ Mommy
was SOOOoooo proud of how good I did it too! ~~~
wrote the words right straight on those lines.
*smile* I have to go eat
September 4, 1997
We did math today. I
like math. In art class, I made a picture for my
cousin Jessica because it is her birthday today. I
called her when I got home too.
Mommy and me wished her a happy birthday.
is tomorrow though because it is Friday and Jessica
is having a PAJAMA PARTY ~ birthday party!
This is only my second pajama party! They are so
much fun. I think that is it for tonight - I am
late for bed! Goodnight!
September 6, 1997
Yesterday scared me.
My mommy comes to school to have lunch with me
week and it was the first time for this year, she
was coming. But she didn't. My mommy always does what
she says and so I got scared that something bad
happened to her like it did to my Uncle Eric.
afraid that she was in the hospital or killed in a
wreck like him. But when I got home - she had
forgotten that this was the day and she was busy all
day cleaning my room. She was real sorry she scared
me. I forgave her anyway and we hugged and she told
me how real sorry she was. She had a lot to do today
and just forgot about time. She didn't even eat any
lunch at home either. We both get more scared since
killed like that. We don't want to lose each other.
We really do want to go to heaven though. We just
don't want to be left here without each other.
We were supposed to go to Aunt Jeannes' house as
soon as I got home - but Tippi ran away and we had
to try to get her before we left. We couldn't do it.
We tried so much. Then mommy said we were late for
the birthday party and so we left. I was so excited.
I love birthday parties. And the cake and ice cream.
mostly I love the fun things we do. Jessicas' party
was fun. The cake was a "101 Dalmatians"
one. Aunt Jeanne always makes their cake anything
they want it to be. Jessica gave us all one little
Dalmatian to take home from the party. She even gave
me the little basket that they sleep in. And one
puppy. So I couldn't write here yesterday because I
was not here last night anyway. Mommy and Pappy had to fix Aunt Jeannes' dogs' poor
little paw. It was limping real bad and could hardly
walk. Mommy always fixes things that are sick or
hurt. She uses herbs and things like that.
She is an
Herbalist. She fixes real good. When they fixed the
dog - it could walk again and not cry anymore.
glad that happened. I spended the night with Jessica and slept on the
floor. We had fun but Jessica got too tired and then
she wasn't happy anymore. She was kind
then. This morning mommy picked me up early because
we had to go get our portrait done at the studio.
Aunt Jeanne fixed my hair pretty. I like to have my
pictures taken. Mommy calls me a ham. I like ham but
I do not think I am ham! Mommy says silly things
sometimes. It is fun to do that. I like to too! I
like to laugh and I like to make people laugh.
Jason came home with Mommy and me last night and slept in
my new bed. He liked doing that. He liked it so much
that he is staying tonight too. That is nice because
then I get to sleep with mommy while cousin Jason
has my room! We had so much fun. Grandpappy took
Jason fishing early today and when they got home we
all went to Perry, West Virginia and went into their
zoo there at the store. I got to ride a plastic
horse by the door. Then we went to a new Burger King
and had dinner. We ate it in the play area and had
so much fun playing in the real fun-place where you
crawl around inside and look out of the windows and
go through the chutes and get higher and higher!
chute is a slide. Chute is a funny name, I think -
it is like when people use a gun. They shoot at
people. Words are funny sometimes. I would not ever
shoot at anybody.
Mommy had things to do and so Jason and I wanted to
watch "Harriet The Spy" in her room and we
both fell asleep in a few minutes. That is why I am
writing this today, on Sunday instead of Saturday.
Mommy says she had to write like that too sometimes.
She says it happens when she runs out of day or
energy before her list is done. Harriet the Spy
writes in a journal like we do too!
September 7, 1997
It is morning and I
will write about what happens today later. Tonight.
It looks like it is going to rain.
I like Sundays a lot because we watch ~Touched By An
Angel~ that night. Bye
Mommy fixed my favorite breakfast this morning - she
made pancakes and chipped beef gravy! YumYumyummy!
love that breakfast. After breakfast, something real
scary happened! We were eating in the kitchen and
when we were finished, we came back into the dining
room so Jason and I could play on the computer some
more.... but the room was full of bees!
They were Yellow-Jackets
too - and my Mommy is allergic to those kind! She
has to get a shot if one stings her. She
stayed in the kitchen and Peach and Jason were
making the bees go
out the front door - but then we saw that they were
coming in again and again and we saw that the place
where they were coming in was a hole over the
shelves over my big desk.
Mommy had to call Pappy to come help us.
He came real fast and then he was helping Peach and
Jason while Mommy and me sat in the swing
outside. It took a very long
time! The smell of the spray they had to
use was making mommy and me sick even
outside. Then when they were going to
wash the spray off of the ceiling and wall - as soon
as they touched it - there was a big, big hole up
was when they saw how great big the nest REALLY
was! Then they brought out a
bucket of stuff which was big pieces of
bees-nests... My Pappy said it was the biggest nest
he had ever seen - he said it wasn't a nest - it was
a whole city! I think he was
getting sicker now. Mommy and me are
going to bed. My mommy gets real sick
from chemicals. I hope we are better
tomorrow. I have Asthma sometimes - and the bug
spray made me have it now. We are coughing and don't
feel good. I do not like Asthma. I do not like BEES
September 10, 1997
Gee, we didn't get to write here in my
journal because Mommy got real sick from the poison
spray! Today she went to the doctor and
she is going to be all right - but she has to keep
her feet high up on pillows until the poison is gone
from her body. We are still breathing some of
it even though they tried to get it all wiped
away. The bees are all gone though. Now we
have a big hole in our ceiling and had to put a
board over it with nails until we can fix the
ceiling! I do not like that hole up
there. It is ugly and I am afraid that
those bees might come back or some more bees will
find the hole! Tonight somebody was
having a birthday party at the McDonalds' and there
were Lots and Lots of kids to play with! I ate
chicken nuggets. And a boy climbed on the tree and
sat on it and then jumped off! I think that is it for tonight because I am late for
bed (ten minutes) and mommy has to tuck me in now!
We are late because the story I picked out for
tonight was a long book! I love my
night-time stories and our
September 11, 1997
We didn't get to do much at school today -
we were too busy doing other stuff but I don't
remember what all it was now. We didn't get to write
our handwriting. We had a bad storm today and I
thought the road was going to get too slippery. It
was raining so hard that I had to hold the bookbag
over my head when I got off of the schoolbus in
front of my house and run into the house. I was
afraid the rain might make my bus driver wreck the
bus! Guess that's it. It is storming
again and mommy wants me to hurry so we can shut
down our computers. ~ Goodnight
September 12, 1997
It's Friday! I like Fridays because then I
get to stay up late. I like Mommy to snuggle with me
and we watch a video movie in her room together. At
six o'clock, she likes to see Carol Burnett.
that show is funny too. I like Tim Conway a lot!
At lunchtime today, something SOoooo funny happened.
We had french fries with our lunch and I asked one
of the ladies that brings us stuff we need, if I
have some more catsup because mine ran out. (I
REALLY like catsup a lot!) ... When she came to put
some on my plate for me - the top of the container
came off! I don't know how, it must have not been on
there right or tight enough... and so when she
turned if over my plate - the top came off and LOTS
of catsup came out all over the place. We were both
SO surprised! I guess she might have been
embarrassed too. She had to take my whole tray back
to the kitchen and fix it for me! It was a mess! I
tried real hard not to laugh too much, but I
couldn't help it much and I laughed after she was
Mommy says she will pop us some popcorn tonight! We
like it with lots of real butter on the top of it
too! I like to lick my fingers when they are all
buttery. I love the smell of the popcorn when it is
popping. Fridays are fun.
September 13, 1997
We went to Winchester to see our portrait.
We got one of us and one of me. They gave us suckers
today, I got Butterscotch and mommy got Blue
Raspberry. We went to a Flea Market in Front Royal
too. Mommy has not been able to go to them for three
summers now. When her feet are fixed, we think she
will be able to walk okay again. But today she
wanted to do it and so we went. She walked through
almost the whole thing too. ~ I got lots of really
pretty new clothes. And some other neat stuff. ~ I
got a play sword I have always wanted one. It is all
different colors and each different colored circle
comes out from another one until it is real long and
pretty. I have been having a lot of fun with it
since we got home. We stopped to eat at my favorite restaurant called
The Golden China. My mommy says it is our family
favorite and that we have been going there for 25
years - but I am only 7 years old so I have only
been going for seven years. When I have little kids,
I will take them there too! If I have children.
I wanted to get in the pool but it was REALLY cold.
Mommy decided to wash our bathing suits and put them
away for the year. We had a lot of fun playing games
September 14, 1997
I forgot to tell you yesterday, I got my
first two-wheel bike. It doesn't have training
wheels but I've been trying to ride it with help.
The tires keep going flat though. Aunt Jeanne is
going to lend us some training wheels and then I can
do it by myself! It is pretty. It is pink.
Today we got out lots of the wind-up toys and played
with them. Mommy says some of them are as old as my
mother. Cathy (my mother) said she would come and
watch a movie with us Friday or Saturday but she
must have forgot. ~ We watched movies though, and had popcorn and ice
cream last night. Tonight we are going to have Root
Beer Floats. We washed the special big glasses
and then put them into the freezer. We put the
big bottle of soda in there too so it would get real
cold. Mommy said I had it before when she and Uncle
Eric used to fix them - but I don't remember.
This is the first time she is having one since Uncle
Eric died, she said she almost forgot about
them. Sometimes she doesn't do things that she
and uncle Eric liked to do because, I think, it
makes her miss him too much more. I don't know
what else to say for today, so that is all.
September 15, 1997
Today we worked in our handwriting at
I ate ALL of
On Friday, Ryan let me bring his seashell home with
me for the weekend. I was keeping
a good hand on it at first - but then later, when I
was snuggling with mommy before bedtime - it must
have fallen on the floor and I didn't
notice. This morning I was very upset
when I couldn't find it. It made me
cry. I tried so hard to keep it all the
time! When I went to school, I told Ryan that I
would find it as soon as I came home and I asked him
to please forgive me. He said it was okay and he
did. When I got home, it was on the kitchen table -
Peach had found it when she made mommys' bed for her
and it was laying there on the floor. I felt much
better! I have another friend in my class and her is Amber.
Kelly used to be my friend in first grade - but now
she changed. She is not my friend anymore. She
doesn't even know if she wants to be Rachels' friend
anymore either. I wonder why kids
change like that? Why they stop liking other kids or
their old friends. That's all,
September 16, 1997
Ryans' seashell AGAIN! I was so mad at myself!
This morning I got up at 4:30. I got up and ate
yogurt for my breakfast. I got dressed and it was
still so early that I went back to bed. When mommy
came to get me up - she was So surprised! I like to
surprise her and make her happy and proud of me. I
do not know why my alarm clock got me up so early -
but she said she would fix it so it won't do that
tomorrow. I hope it doesn't. It was very dark when I
got up so early.
Tomorrow somebody is bringing us a new dog to see.
My mommy misses our other one,
Buffy. Buffy was always with mommy
and slept with her and she was about 18 years old
when she died in April. I miss her so much
too. My dogs are bigger and can't sit in
her lap. We are very sad about Uncle
Eric and about Buffy.
September 17, 1997
The lady brought the little doggie. He is a
Chihuahua! He is black with a white chest. He is
soft and really cuddley. His name is FRITO -
but we are going to name him ChiCho... it is a cute
sound and it is like FRITO a little bit so he will
get used to it quick, I think. He only
weighs 3 pounds! When we take the
of Tippy to put up with Pinki and I - we will take
one of ChiCho too so you can see him! I have him on
my desk here next to mommy while she is typing what
I tell her to say.
I gave Ryan his seashell today. He said he was glad
that he finally got it back. I am too! I wish I
could stay up longer tonight with ChiCho!
Tomorrow is the day we picked for mommy to come to
school and have lunch with me. I
hope she does not forget.
September 18, 1997
We got home so late that I don't have time
to journal. We brought mommy home a pizza from
TacoBelle, she likes them! ~ We went to visit MaMaw
and Papaw too.... so I have got to go to bed! I
don't even have time to play with ChiCho!!!!!
September 21, 1997
I have been playing with ChiCho all the time - so I
don't do other stuff like I used to. He
is so little and so cute. We went to the flea market
for a half hour and everybody thought he was so cute
and kept telling us they wanted him. Some people
said "Where did you get that ~BlackRat?" I
didn't like them saying that.! We got some more nice
things and then we had to go to the Price Club and I
got the new movie Sleeping Beauty. Peach bought
three tins of butter cookies and each one has five
pounds of cookies inside. She really likes those
cookies. Mommy and I don't though. I like to
go there because they are always giving out samples
of food and drinks and I get to try lots of new
things. Sometimes they are real yucky though. They
even had chicken egg-rolls today. I liked'em!
Touched by an Angel starts new shows tonight. I was
tired of seeing the other ones so many times. I get
to stay up until 9 on Sunday night to watch it and
snuggle with mommy.
September 22, 1997
are going on a field trip to the National Forest and
I think I will have fun. I asked mommy what she will
pack in my lunch. It has to be in a paper
bag. I am having 2 YooHoos to
drink! I get very thirsty. Then I am having a
box of pretzels and a bologna and cheese sandwich
and some Oreos. Right now I am eating a
sucker while I tell Mommy what to type. It is very
good. My great-grama and great-Clyde gave them to
Pinki ran off in the field again and came home
smelling so bad that we had to give her a bath in
the shower and use that SKUNK-OFF on her again! I
don't know why she likes to stink! It is not
as bad as a skunk but almost is. Now she is drying
in her little house-kennel. She looks sorry that she
did it. At first mommy thought it was me smelled
like that and we thought I must be sick! Sometimes
when people are getting sick - they do smell bad.
But I didn't. I am glad it wasn't me, I don't want
to get sick and miss the field trip!
Chicho was so happy to see me when I got home from
school. Mommy opened the door and let him run out to
meet me when I got off of the bus. He kind of
bounces or jumps when he walks on his tiny little
legs. That is so cute. He weighs 4 pounds now. He likes
to eat pig-ears. He likes to eat just about
It is eight o'clock and I have to go to bed now so
we can say my prayers and I will get a lot of rest
for all that walking we will do tomorrow.
Good-night. I hope that one day somebody else like
me will write to me. I would like to have a pen-pal.
September 23, 1997
I surprised mommy and got up and fixed my own
sandwich this morning! I am getting to be a big girl
and can really help. I needed her to get it wrapped
up right - but I almost did get it right myself.
Mommy had picked my clothes out last night, so I got
dressed before she woke up even! All she had to do
was braid my hair! I forgot my coat. It was new, we
just bought it Sunday and I really wanted to wear it
too! The nurse at the clinic loaned me a sweatshirt
though and so I was warm. It was a Jurassic Park
shirt and if I could have kept it I would have given
it to Jason, my cousin - cause he loves Jurassic
Park! He even has a Jurassic Park
pillow! We went to the Shenandoah
National Forest. There was water in a river that
they said was okay to drink and I wanted to
taste it - so I bent down to try and get a drink...
but I didn't know that the rock I was standing on
was wiggley. Amber was holding me - but she lost her
balance too and then I fell in the river a little
bit. Amber didn't, she was behind me - she just fell
on the ground. It was kind-of fun in a way... but I
got the back of my coveralls all black and wet. *hahaha*
I didn't laugh then - but it is funny now when I
remember it... and when I think of it I giggle. We
ate at a big picnic place. There were lots of
but they were empty.
That might be it for tonight.
September 24, 1997
I had an Asthma attack in school today but it wasn't
too bad this time. We were running and playing
outside and I had to use my inhaler. It didn't work
too good this time and so the teacher sent me to the
infirmary and the nurse checked me. It was almost
time to come home, so the nurse and my mommy decided
it was okay for me to ride home on the bus because
my lungs were sounding good enough. When mommy saw
my inhaler she said that the reason it didn't work
as good as it's supposed to was because the
cylinder was cracked and the thing that the medicine
comes through (mommy says it's a membrane) was all
twisted and then I remembered that somebody sat on
it on the bus yesterday when we went on that field
trip. Also it had a lot of Oreo crumbs all over it
because I didn't get the bag closed right I guess
when I packed my lunch? I don't know how it
happened, really, but there WERE a lot of black
crumbs everywhere! So we tried again for me to use
the inhaler right in my mouth instead of using the
cylinder - and I DID IT!!!! It worked better too! I
liked it better and it helped me to breath better
than. the other way of doing it. Maybe I won't need
the cylinder and mask to do it anymore. Since I am
supposed to be quiet tonight - we are going to watch
my new movie "SLEEPING BEAUTY" now and
snuggle together on the bed in mommys' room.
September 27, 1997
This was a real-fun day! We went to my great-grandma
& great-Clydes' house for the whole day. I
played with Jimmy, the boy who lives next door to
them. We rode on his go-cart. It was fun, but it was
scary too! I was driving it and I almost ran it into
Peachs' car! I got it turned just in time. That
scared me a lot! I got a new game at a yard sale on
the way over there. We played with that too. Jimmy
has two doggies. They are Beagles. I think they are
twins because they looked exactly like each other!
We used their chains to pull the go-cart when it
wouldn't run. Then Jimmys' friend came over for a
little while and helped me pull him. Jimmy is very
heavy and I had a hard time doing it. It was even
hard with his friend helping me! My Great grandpa
(great-Clyde is what I call him) got mad at Jimmy .
He said Jimmy should be pushing ME! I wished he
would have done that.
It did make me have some asthma problems and I quit.
Jimmys' friend had a motor bike and he took me for
rides on it and it was a lot of fun. It was bumpy
too! That made me giggle and laugh. We stayed over
there very late. I fell asleep while they were
playing Pinochle. It was late when they got me up to
come home. We stopped at Dennys' and had breakfast.
It was four o'clock in the morning when we were
eating waffles and drinking cocoa in there. It was
the first time we ever ate there. It was very good.
September 28, 1997
We slept until lunchtime today! It was morning
before we went to bed last night.
Pappy came and had dinner with us today. His hair is
very long now and it was falling in his eyes like
mine does. He doesn't look like a girl though. I got
to show him how I can climb all the way up the pole
in the living room now! He used to have to lift me
up there so I could do it. I showed him that I can
touch my head up there all by myself! It was hard
work! I was eating a dessert from a bakery and
something in it made me really have trouble coughing
and breathing! I will not eat that again. It was the
first time we ever bought it. I tried to go to sleep
but I didn't feel good and mommy let me come get in
bed with her so I would feel better and she could
watch over me. We watched Touched by an Angel. I
like that show a lot. Then we watched part of a
movie but I forget what it was called.
September 29, 1997
I was up last night until almost 2 0'clock and so I
could not go to school today. I
have to do the breathing treatments and I also have
to have those Zinc lozenges which do not taste good
at all - but they help me not to be sick so I take
them anyway. I played with my computer and ate soup
and we read stories. We are going to do that now so
I will stop talking. I am coughing a lot again. We
thought I was better - but tonight I am getting bad
again. I might have to go to the doctor tomorrow.
Mommy said maybe it wasn't the dessert - maybe I was
just getting sick at the same time as I was eating
the cake. We don't know. I hope not. We are going
to read THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE now, so I will
stop. I don't feel good anyway and want to lay
1997 ~ SEPTEMBER