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[February, 1991] Words of Wisdom (Yeah Right!)

Thursday, Feb. 7, 1991

Dear Diary,

I really don’t have much to say but I didn’t write to you in a while so I decided it was time to fill a few pages with my wonderful words of wisdom (Yeah Right!).

I did something today that I haven’t in quite a while. I wrote a poem. It’s called “If I had one wish” and it goes like this:

If I had one wish,
I would wish to be free,
Free to roam the world,
Free to be what I want to be,
I would live off the land,
And then I would see,
Our wonderful Earth,
As it really should be,
Without any wars,
To make people cry,
Without any diseases,
To make people die,
Just nature and wilderness,
That we would all cherish,
That’s what I would want,
If I had one wish.

Well, now I’m going to wallow in my self-pity because I know I’m not going to get my perm. I better sign off before my parents start to lecture me.

At least I tried to balance out my “deep thoughts” about global strife and pretentious poetry with my self-pity over not being able to get a tacky hairstyle.

The truth is, I spent very little time thinking about the war and many hours being angsty about all the fun my overprotective parents prevented me from having. I don’t know why my parents didn’t allow me to get a perm, because I did have one in sixth grade.  As much as I cared about the world and our environment, it did not prevent me from contributing to the hole in the ozone layer using copious amounts of Aqua Net on the small topiary on top of my head that I sculpted my bangs into. While I didn’t realize it at the time, my parents were actually salvaging me from another foolish hair choice.

There was no saving me from the bad poetry, though. That’s something I’d have to grow out of on my own.

  1. Jess
    March 30, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I think this might be my favorite metadiary entry so far.

    Incidentally, my parents MADE me get perms. In my later teenage years they tried to convince me it was just to add body to my very fine hair, but when I always wound up looking like Madonna in the “Deeper and Deeper” video, I knew better.

    • damiella
      March 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      Yeah, after experiencing the frizz and annoyance of growing out permed hair, I learned to appreciate having straight hair. And then in my 20’s it became annoyingly wavy and I had to use a flatiron to get it straight again. I just can’t win.

  2. porkchop
    March 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    You know what? Good for you for mentioning the Gulf War. You won’t see it in my diary, probably because I was worried I would say something stupid and someone would see 😮 You would much rather be naive tween than neurotic tween!

    • damiella
      March 31, 2010 at 5:12 pm

      I guess my reasoning was “why say something stupid when you can say something stupid with POETRY!”

  3. March 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Ha! Awesome. Are you sure your “one wish” wouldn’t have been for a perm?

    I actually wrote this poem’s twin sister in early ’91. Mine was entitled “This World We Call Our Own.” Were we were having a cosmic mind-meld, or do all middle schoolers express their “concern” for global issues in rhyme?

    • damiella
      March 31, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      A perm or a boy, probably.

      And you know I’m dying to see that poem now, right? Was it ever posted to your blog? The blog I’m eagerly waiting for a new update on, AHEM!

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