Diary 7
Posted on

March 17, 2000

Diary 7 / 18-years-old / Reading, Ohio
This is the entry I’d just gone back and read at the start of *last week’s* entry. Go back… watch last week… I’ll wait…  Here I am on Spring Break from my freshman year at Duke, listening to Ella Fitzgerald and happily/nervously wondering what it will be like when Ralph kisses me.  My anticipated first kiss.
Below the diary pages: a letter (poem?) written to Ralph some months later.

March 17, 2001 pg1
March 17, 2001 pg1
March 17, 2001 pg2
March 17, 2001 pg2

Somehow, just this past weekend, I came across a journal that hadn’t been rounded up with all of the others.  It isn’t a day-to-day diary; more a collection of quotes and writings from my first year of college.  Tucked before the back cover, was this handwritten note for Ralph.  I believe I’d written it to him because he was going through that complicated transition from college graduate to Real Life.  It is strange and wonderful for me to remember the very lyric writing style I once had.  You can feel the influence of ee cummings, TS Eliot (and Billy Joel.)  Click on the pages to expand and read.

letter for Ralph
letter for Ralph
letter for Ralph, type set
letter for Ralph, type set
Share

4 thoughts on “March 17, 2000”

  1. I love the letter to Ralph!! You can just see your brain trying on and figuring out how to use all these beautiful snippets it is learning, knows, is coming to experience in a different way…we were like that once! Maybe we still are. Ohh life.

    1. Can we start a grad program that is just us favorites hanging out and remembering and influencing one another? Or is that maybe what all higher education is already… Life, indeed!

      1. Also, I just made the video work. I also want to just hang out with you and Adam at Trinity; is that so much to ask? I guess we are gathered here to get through this thing called life. ~

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *