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[December, 1989] Yeah-No

 

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12/6/89

Dear Journal,

J.D. likes me!!!!!!!!!! Really! My cousin asked him if he wanted to go out with me and he said, “yeah-no” because he thinks I’m a little too young for him but Anna is going to work on him.

I hope things work out.

Also I’m going camping again this year and I am going to bring this journal with me and keep track of everything exciting and worthwhile that happens. I hope nobody reads it because it has my deepest and darkest secrets.

Also I am taking the test for Mark Twain tomorrow and I hope I do well.

I will be so nervous tomorrow!!

Mark Twain was an accelerated middle school that required testing for admission. I would have been fine attending Seth Low, my local junior high school, but I was seen as one of the brighter students in school (permed hair notwithstanding), so I was encouraged to apply to the more smartypants schools like Mark Twain and Hunter College High School. I find it amusing that I wasn’t nervous at the time of writing the diary entry, yet felt that I could accurately prophesize my emotional state for the following day.

Let’s not even talk about the continued abuse of exclamation marks.

As for J.D. I don’t know why his ambivalence stirred such enthusiasm in me. The age difference was a real concern, as was the distance, (when you are a kid, the miles between Brooklyn and Staten Island are like New York-to-London grown-up miles). Regardless of the “work” Anna did on him, and J.D.’s lukewarm reaction to messengered confession of “like,” my dating life was about to take a surprising turn…

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  1. November 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I can’t even imagine a 15-year-old dating a 12-year-old! Maybe 16 & 13, but something about not having the TEEN in your age makes it seem so much creepier! haha

  2. November 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I taught English in Brooklyn for a couple of years in East New York and also the Bronx in Williamsbridge. I remember a lot of the teachers spoke highly of Mark Twain, and one of my coworkers kids applied to it. I also worked with a couple of people who went to Hunter.

  3. damiella
    November 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Jen,
    I agree, there’s something weird about a teenager dating someone not in their teens.

    Jess,
    Funny how Hunter keeps coming up (it’ll be mentioned again in future posts). Just today at brunch I was sitting next to a lady who mentioned to her friend that she had gone there. It’s one of those things, like when you learn a new word and then see it all over the place.

  4. Liz
    November 25, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I found out that my seamstress (who fixed two different bridesmaid dresses for me this year) went to HCHS. We totally bonded, even though she graduated eight years before me. 🙂

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