Thursday, 29 June 2017

Christianity: Quotes From My Teenage Diaries Part 11

A slight deviation this week. 
These photos aren't from a diary, they're from what was originally my RE exercise book when I was 12 (in 1993). 


The book was only half-full, so sometime in 1997 I repurposed it, along with a few other books from school, and used the blank pages to draft out poems, stories and letters to my penpals. So in that way these books transitioned into something more personal and diary-esque. When we get to the 1997 years I promise I will share those excruciating poems, stories and letters. 



But for now we're back in 1993, in Room N23 of my secondary school where Mr Eckersley - who I remember being the strictest teacher in the school - has us sitting in alphabetical order (boys on one side of the room, girls on the other) while he dictates information about the world's religions. My handwriting is lovely and I write in great and fluid detail about the life of Jesus, John the Baptist, the feeding of the 5000, the parable of the good samaritan...



It's so good in fact that I'm sure we must have just written what Mr Eckersley told us to write, because there are hardly any awkward sentences, questions, or areas where I didn't quite get it and the teachings. 


Apart from this one, perhaps:



I find this a little puzzling - why would I list Kenny Rogers as a modern day example of someone with too much money???



I think there are one or two instances of rebellion in the drawings - though they are very, very mild. I think the 'Jesus Heals' drawing has a little of my humour in it, partly because the man is wearing a string vest and I used to think they were hilarious, and also because it's quite abrupt and that gives it an air of disbelief. 



It's quite clear I had fun with the 'The Resurrection of Jesus: In Pictures' but not enough to get caught, or told off - which was pretty much how I spent the rest of my education - just on the right side of cheeky.



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Quotes From My Teenage Diaries is an ongoing project as I re-read and reflect 
on the diaries I kept from the age of 11 to 16. 

You can read Part 1: BEST FRIENDS here
Part 2: CONGRATULATIONS here
Part 3: MY FIRST BOYFRIEND here,
Part 4: MY SOUL AMBITION here,
Part 5: MEATLOAF here,
Part 6: MARK OWEN here
Part 7: A KITTEN! here
PART 8: PHILLIP SCHOFIELD here
PART 9: I HAVE A FEW PLANS here
PART 10: HEATWAVE, here

There's a Facebook page too and soon - I hope - there will be a podcast. 
If you enjoyed this or can relate in any way - please do leave a comment or say hi on Facebook - 
it'd be lovely to hear from you.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Heatwave, June 1995: Quotes From My Teenage Diaries Part 10

So apparently the last time we had a June heatwave quite like this one was in 1995. 
We're still in 1993 as far as my diary-sharing goes, but I thought I'd have a peek ahead to see if I mentioned it all. 

I did, and oof, I'm not happy. I go on to detail the fallings out amongst my friends (we are basically trying to out-do each other in terms of who feels things the most keenly: "Then she said SHE has had the hardest life out of all of us! Ha!") 



The most concerning aspect of all is that the fallings out, intense discussions, making friends again process was all so exhausting I didn't have time to fancy anyone on that dead hot day.




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Quotes From My Teenage Diaries is an ongoing project as I re-read and reflect 
on the diaries I kept from the age of 11 to 16. 

You can read Part 1: BEST FRIENDS here
Part 2: CONGRATULATIONS here
Part 3: MY FIRST BOYFRIEND here,
Part 4: MY SOUL AMBITION here,
Part 5: MEATLOAF here,
Part 6: MARK OWEN here
Part 7: A KITTEN! here
PART 8: PHILLIP SCHOFIELD here
PART 9: I HAVE A FEW PLANS here.

There's a Facebook page too and soon - I hope - there will be a podcast. 
If you enjoyed this or can relate in any way - please do leave a comment or say hi on Facebook - it'd be lovely to hear from you.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Quotes From My Teenage Diary Part 9: I have a few plans


I'm 12 years old, it's November 1993 and I am very VERY excited about Christmas. The only way to channel this excitement is to write a really precise itinerary (almost 4 weeks in advance) about how I'll spend both Xmas Eve and Xmas Day. 






Actual evidence of a child "treating this house like a hotel"

Christmas Eve's plan is quite detailed and yet says nothing. I eat, go out, come back in again - and repeat - throughout the day. Just where was I going exactly?


And now for the itinerary of the main event: the plan for Christmas Day. I did several of these. Here are the first two.

Any parents out there: is 5.21 quite early for your kid to be getting you up?






Similar to the Christmas Eve schedule, there's a lot of detail but this time I list actual tangible things I will do, such as do my hair and "Sit on bed and say a prayer" (!!!) 
I'm also very delighted to see that I scheduled time in to "Get excited". 
A whole 4 minutes.


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Quotes From My Teenage Diaries is an ongoing project as I re-read and reflect 
on the diaries I kept from the age of 11 to 16. 

You can read Part 1: BEST FRIENDS here
Part 2: CONGRATULATIONS here
Part 3: MY FIRST BOYFRIEND here,
Part 4: MY SOUL AMBITION here,
Part 5: MEATLOAF here,
Part 6: MARK OWEN here
Part 7: A KITTEN! here
PART 8: PHILLIP SCHOFIELD here

There's a Facebook page too and soon - I hope - there will be a podcast. 
If you enjoyed this or can relate in any way - please do leave a comment or say hi on Facebook - it'd be lovely to hear from you.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Quotes From My Teenage Diaries Part 8: PHILLIP SCHOFIELD


June 1993, I'm 12 years old and if you recall from the diary extracts I shared here on May 11th - my life had recently gone very JOSEPH - more specifically very PHILLIP SCHOFIELD. 

Here I am, hair freshly permed, face very cheeky, "meeting" my idol just days after that life-changing night at the Palladium. 



I can also reveal that if the hair clip and shirt weren't pink enough - I am also wearing pink jeans.


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Quotes From My Teenage Diaries is an ongoing project as I re-read and reflect 
on the diaries I kept from the age of 11 to 16. 

You can read Part 1: BEST FRIENDS here
Part 2: CONGRATULATIONS here
Part 3: MY FIRST BOYFRIEND here,
Part 4: MY SOUL AMBITION here,
Part 5: MEATLOAF here,
Part 6: MARK OWEN here
Part 7: A KITTEN! here.  

There's a Facebook page too and soon - I hope - there will be a podcast. 
If you enjoyed this or can relate in any way - please do leave a comment or say hi on Facebook - it'd be lovely to hear from you.