Note to visitors: It happens that I am posting these diary entries on August 17, 2015, my 94th birthday. Received e-mails and phone calls from loved ones and friends, played Duplicate Bridge at Linden Ponds where I've lived since November of 2013. Partner Sy Gellerman and I came in 4th, winning a dollar apiece, thus breaking even, since you cough up a dollar to compete.
August 17, 1935
August 17, 1935
Fourteen years old! But that’s not so old -- 15 is what Im looking forward to, and 16.
I played tennis with Betty Cronin this morning. We had lunch at the Cronins, and then mother and Aunt Emmy took us to the movies. We saw “Alice Adams” with Katherine Hepburn and Fred MacMurray. It was marvelous.
Sunday, August 18, 1935
Have I got a lot to tell you! Betty and I were going to play golf, but we decided it was too hot. I was telling her about a book I’d been reading. Betty is a year older than I am but knows absolutely nothing about the facts of life. I told her she’d learn plenty from a steamy scene in Anthony Adverse. She said the Carrols (the Cronin’s neighbors and dearest friends) had a copy and they were away for the summer. Let’s go over and see if we can get in, she said.
We rushed around in back of her house and into Toby’s pen. We turned on the hose and started cooling him off and trying to look innocent when Mrs. Cronin called, Betty and Barbara, you’re in trouble! Betty ran and looked and gasped, There’s a policeman with her!
She was all jittery and scared, but I wasn’t very much. The policeman took us over to Carroll’s and asked us if we’d taken the doorknob off. We said we had. He said house-breaking was a criminal offense and we could go to jail for it. He told Mrs. Cronin that he almost shot us when we started to run, but then he saw we were just young girls.
They found our tools and asked Mrs. Cronin if she had seen two girls. She said it was probably us.
The police-man said he’d have to take us to the station to see the chief. On the way he said the chief had a reputation for being strict. Mrs. Cronin came along because she wanted to fix it so it wouldn’t be in the papers.