Dear Journal Chapter 1 (for lack of a better name)

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 19:23

June 3rd, 2009
Dear Journal,
Today was my 14th birthday. It was a bummer. I went to Awanas today and Carla was there with another girl. Carla and I had a fight over it and now we're not friends anymore. I hate her! She called me a, well, she called me hard names. I thought she was my best friend but now I see that she was just a two-faced liar. Mom always warned me about people but I just thought I could have one friend that truly loved me! That's my 6th failed friendship. It's back to just Mom and I again. But I love my mom, and she loves me. I'm glad she's not like a lot of other moms that snipe at their kids all the time. I asked mom if I could stop going to Awanas and she said yes. I'm so glad! I don't ever want to see Carla again. Not after all those hard names she called me. I already know what my dad was, and what he did to my mom. I don't need people to tell me. I just want to live the life of a normal kid.
Mom understands. Mom always understands everything. She hugged me when I told her about Carla and she cried with me. I love my mom! I don't know what I would do without her. She asked me today what I would think about being homeschooled. I asked her to let me think about it for a while. She understands.
There was one big blessing today for my birthday. Today one of the new moms asked me to nanny her three kids on the weekdays. I think I'll tell mom that I want to be homeschooled. That way I'll be able to nanny for Mrs. Pederson.

June 5th, 2009
Dear Journal,
I told Mom that I want to be homeschooled yesterday. And I called Mrs. Pederson to say that I can nanny her children. She will be there but she has to take care of her husband because he is bedridden. I think she said he has cancer but I'm not sure. The kids are Robert (he's 7), Hanna (she's 4), and Kendra (she's 5 mos). I am going to start right after the 4th of July. I can't wait because I love kids. :)
Mom is glad that I will be nannying for Mrs. Pederson because she really likes her. I think she's a nice lady.

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i can't think of a better name yet. It will eventually be changed. :)


These "Dear Journal" types of stories are something I have always been interested in, but find difficult to write. I guess, so far, I don't have a good sense for what the story is about. It could use a bit more of a pull factor so that I want to know where it's going and what will happen next. Keep writing it, though! It's often so much easier to figure out what you want to do once you've finished writing it. :)

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

I really enjoyed this! I agree that something more intriguing is needed to pull you in, but this format alone is enough to make me want to read it. I also am a sucker for journal entries fiction, even though I usually love the immediacy of action versus having something explained afterwards. You have a good setup here, so please continue to write and just see where it goes! (Those types of stories are often the best!) Blessings to you!

"Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity." 1 Timothy 4:12