Dear Diary – January 15 – January 21,1961


Dear Diary – January 15 – January 21,1961



For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, misspellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using categories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂


Dear Diary,

1/15/61 – This morning we went to grannys house. we stayed till about 5:30. we ate dinner over there. after dinner we talked. Daddy and the men played 42. (Dominoes). P (sister) and I went utside and played with C (a neighbor girl). I found 5 Christmas trees in the ally (alley). We set them up and played under them. In the ally, I foand (found) a live plant. When we were going home we hade (had) an Ice crem (cream) cone and then we went home and I watched 3 shows . after that I ate supper, then I took a bath and went to bed.

1/16/61 – I went to school. after I went to school I came home and went to the store and to the cleaners and to the dime store. then we went home and I went over to play with J (a neighbor girl)

1/17/61 – I went to school and had fun. I went over to B’s (aunt) to play. when I went home I went to Piggley Wiggly (grocery store) and got a book of Wild Animals. I will get one every week. they will be different ones.

1/18/61 – I went to school and played with the fifth grade at play pedired (period). We had a vistor (visitor) his was Mr. Night. after school I went to have a shot. when I came home after a while we went over to granny’s house. when we came home I took a bath and went to bed.

1/19/61 – I went to school and had fun. it was B’s (uncle) birthday and at night we went over to N’s (aunt). Mother made a cake. B (aunt) was there and H (uncle), Grandma, Grand Pa, Mother, father, P (sister) and I was there. we all had fun. then we went home and went to bed.

1/20/61 – I went to school and watched tv all day to see John Kennedy. (maybe this was his inauguration to be President?) then I came home and had fun playing. we did not have any home work to do.

1/21/61 – I had fun playing. I turned flips on the wall. After dinner N (aunt) and Grand-ma came over. At night we went over to Ns and stayed a long time then we went home and went to bed.


Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

14 responses »

    • We sure did have a lot of fun. And we had to make our own things to do, as there were no computers or video games. We were outside most of the time in the summer. 🙂


  1. Interesting – after we were talking about the differences between dinner and supper the other day. Your first entry mentions having dinner before 5.30 and then supper just before going to bed, which kind of sounds like an evening snack in the northern British meaning of the word! Lovely memories though. I have an old diary a bit like this.


    • Yes, we still call the evening meal (and the largest) supper. Dinner was lunchtime, and smaller. Our biggest problem is deciding on what we want to eat. I know we’re bored with the same things all the time.
      That’s great you’ve saved a diary of yours. It’s fun to read back what you were doing back then, isn’t it. I wish I’d saved more of mine…don’t know what happened to the others I had. 🙂


      • Some friends and I recently had a discussion about whether the last meal was dinner or supper (we agreed supper) or if it was lunch or dinner. I live in Texas, so there is that Southern vibe there as well. Also,some people up north call Coke “Pop”, which so weird since everyone knows you call all soft drinks “cokes” then say which kind you want.


      • haha – that’s so true, at least of everyone I know…here in TX it’s always Coke, and then you say what kind of soft drink you want. 🙂


  2. Ah Piggly Wiggly, such a Southern thing. They don’t have them here in the Pacific Northwest, but I remember them from when I lived in The South. Actually my husband says they were in New Mexico when he was growing up too, but they’re not there anymore (so far as I know).


    • Funny name for a store, isn’t it. I still remember the pig logo they had. Wonder why they closed so many. We had the one here for a long time.
      The last one I saw, and I think they still have one there, is in east TX where my in-laws lived. That was quite awhile ago, though.


  3. That’s very cool that you saved your diary. Though I recently started a new blog, my old one began in late 2011 and though I didn’t realize it at the time, it has been an online diary as well. I can look back at what my kids did when they were 8 and 12 and even earlier, when I recall stuff about them I might not have remembered now that they are (ack) 14 and 18. I can also find all my different phases, like the yoga phase, etc.

    I have a feeling my diary at 10 (in the mid 80s) would have been something like: “Jennifer said this and Courtney is not my friend and I’m so sad oh look cake.”


    • Thanks, Alice!
      I like how people can write about their day to day activities, and their feelings and thoughts. For some reason I can’t seem to do that. Anyway, It would be so boring… like – I sat at the computer reading blogs all day, we went to the grocery store, it was hot outside… haha! My old diary was much more interesting than what goes on now days.
      It is fun to read what was going on back then.
      I’m glad you have your blog record of all you & your family’s adventures to look back on.


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