Friday, February 20, 2009

the post where i lose all my dignity

Last weekend got me in a reflective mood. Valentine's Day was Saturday and then Sunday (February 15th) marked 6 years since the first time my husband held my hand. For some reason that day has always felt more significant of the two to me. Maybe it is because it was the first outward expression of the love that was growing between us and because I remember those butterflies so vividly. I pulled out one of my old journals from my senior year in high school and started thumbing through it to see what I had recorded about that day. Sure enough, there was a detailed account (4 pages) complete with the whole play-by-play of the night. I even had taped in the note that J handed me that night. I sort of cringed while reading it because it is painfully cheesy and full of the embarrassing phrasing of a 17 year old girl oozing over a boy. I decided to scan in the pages from that entry and post them for your entertainment, but please, if you choose to read them you do so at your own risk. They really are rather awkward, and the only reason I am not too ashamed to post them is because there is a good chance that some of your journals from high school sound eerily similar and it is kind of fun to laugh at ourselves and be glad we aren't 17 anymore.




Don't worry, I won't be posting any more entries from this journal any time soon. I don't think any of us could handle it.

14 comments:

The Osborns said...

what a treasure that you have this written down. i remember kevin and my first date...i know what i was wearing, where we ate, how his credit card got declined and i paid, what movie we watched...but i don't remember details, feelings, thoughts, and conversations like you've got. this will be so neat to have, to show your teenage girls, to share at your 50th wedding anniversary...it's just so sweet! thanks for sharing.

BB&K said...

Ha ha! I am reminded of us at the white house reading notes from high school and laughing our heads off. That is pretty cute though. Thanks for sharing. I am pretty sure that you two were made for eachother!

Jill said...

That's awesome Liz! At least you have entries about you and your husband. Other girls have journals full of pointless facts about boys they probably don't even remember now. Funny. Your children will surely love (and laugh at) that some day. ;)

Ani said...

That is so cute! I thought you were pretty mature for a 17 year old! So sweet!

Lemme said...

i agree with ani...VERY mature!! using words like "mundane"...look at you go!! my most favorite part was where you talked about what he probably wrote in his journal, "i held Liz's hand." hahahahhaaha!! did you ever find out? did he write in his journal? if so, what did he write?

The Edwards Family said...

I love it! Mostly because like you said, mine sound pretty similar to yours!

Bryan and Christy Clark said...

So, did it ever make it to his journal? I always wondered what boys thought about those kind of things. Bryan barely remembers high school, let alone the feelings of a first kiss and such.

mightybob said...

Oh, dear! I'm chortling with empathy here.

You are fantastic, L.

bcwain said...

Liz, I saved my journal from 7th grade so that when I had a daughter that age, I could remember what it felt like to be 'boy crazy' or whatever. Crystal was never as silly as I was, but your journal made me think about mine. Because of my journal, I have told my kids, way too many stories about old boyfriends. it's a good think Bill doesn't have a jealous bone in his body! Anyway, your kids will love this entry and I remember when Bill held my hand for the first time. Tonight as we were laying in bed watching a movie, I looked at our hands entertwined and thanked Heavenly Father for a man who still reaches out to hold my hand. Christine

GregR said...

How lucky for J that you fell for the guy with holey socks...
I have journals I've kept from Steve and I, but they're packed away with many other wonderful memories of young love. It never never dies and at times when we are old and days have flown by these journals will warm our hearts. I keep all my childrens hand written notes with those days in mind... thanks for reminding me.

The Anderson's said...

There is something about that journal that is all too familiar... regardless, Sadie has her journal from when we "dated" back in sophomore year, boy... that is some cause for some serious reminiscing! Hope you guys are doing good, just remember... it's all about the holey socks. ha ha

Mandy and Roger Woodhouse said...

wow.. dignity.. gone. For sure. :)
Yeah... did he write about it in his journal? did he have a journal then? Did he talk about Liz? I'm pretty sure you showed me the note and part of your entry back in highschool... It's so funny how different boys and girls are. Your detailed 4 page description! Ha ha.. Journaly Liz... I totally remember all that.

The Camps said...

You are so lucky you have that all written down! I remember hearing about you talk about how much you liked John way back when. i miss you, so hopefully i'll run into shopping again sometime soon!

Sassy Rachel said...

My favorite part is "Holding hands is defnintely as far as John and I will take this thing...atleast for now." My how far you've come since then...from holding hands strictly to oooolala baby love me tender:) The joys of meywidge:)

That is the cutest ever!
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