~From Elaine, in the UK, shared with permission.~
“I thought it would be interesting to see what I was doing 30 years ago today. It was a Friday, I was living in Scotland and I remember the winters being cold. I had been married for about five years and there was some domestic discord going on which I passively rage about.
‘Friday 7 March 1986
Friday again. This week has past (sic) quite quickly. Am finding it hard to wake up in the mornings, my bed’s too warm & cosy and sleep is so delicious. Two red stamps on my card this week. What am I to do.
Don’s a lot better today. Too ill of course to wash-up or anything remotely house-worky but well enough to fix his computer, play it and go round to Steve’s for the evening to record tapes and no doubt play games too as it’s almost 11 and he’s still not back.’
I kept diaries between 1985 and 1988. They were from Habitat, and I liked that they were the same square shape each year.
I would be delighted to be part of this project and community, sharing snippets of our lives and experiences, because whatever we are going through right now, someone somewhere has been there before us, and it’s good to know that.”