Dear Diary: February 1971

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 12:13 PM

  I kept a journal for 5 years beginning in 1971 when I was 15 years old.  This is the cover of the 'Diary' for the month of February 1971.  I am enjoying reacquainting myself with that 15 year old girl.  Rather than pick just one entry to post here I will just share a bit of who that girl was.

My 15 year old self was crazy about boys but had no real boyfriend so she thought Valentine's day was 'drab'.  She was most apprehensive about earthquakes and aftershocks because she'd experienced the worst earthquake of her life (to this date) on Feb. 9, 1971.  She describes feeling as if she were on a ship at sea during a storm as she crouched with her sister on the floor riding out the earthquake.  She talks about a movie she watched with Sally Field playing a teenager!!  In one passage she says she is 'gay' and I know she meant happy!!!  

15 year old Marta was also getting to drive and looked forward to her dad letting her park the car in the driveway or pull it into the narrow garage!!!  Now that was cool!!!  Her favorite aunt had breast cancer and it was hard for Marta to visit.  She didn't want her aunt to die. (She did a year later).  She also kept a vigilant eye for the mailman who brought her letters from her friends in Mexico.  Grown Marta is happy for technology which keeps her in touch with family and friends around the world at any given moment!!  


  1. Sherry Says:

    How good is it that you have that diary! Thanks for the peek into your previous life as a teen. I have to say, I'd like to experience a little, harmless earthquake. Something just noticeable, no damage.

  2. Joan Says:

    I think it is so nice that you have the diary to look back at. Do you remember feeling things the same way they are in the diary?

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