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Amusing sayings

April 3rd, 2004 · No Comments

Jorrit Wiersma wrote about writing about his daughter:

Saskia and I don’t have diaries like that from our parents (at least that I’m aware of) so I can’t really imagine what it would be like.

Jay McCarthy commented:

I certainly don’t have a diary from that time.

My mother did write about me. A few years ago she gave me my baby book filled with descriptions she had scribbled.

Perhaps it’s not a diary like the one Jorrit and Saskia are keeping for Silke, since it’s not free-form journal entries. The book was organized by topics, with titles printed on the pages, giving guidelines for what to write.

Under the title “Amusing sayings” my mom recorded a few sentences I said at age “2 1/2” and included some context:

  • “I can’t get no satisfaction.” (“from record by the Rolling Stones”)
  • “I need some attention.” (“when she felt Baby [brother] was getting too much attention”)
  • “Let’s be together.” (“when she’s in a hugging and kissing mood”)
  • “Knock it off, you guys!” (“when she wants…to stop a loud discussion”)

    I look at these words I said when I was two, and I see in these four sentences truth of who I am today, thirty years later.

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