Dear Diary...


Dear Diary,

Today we went to the Farmer's Market as usual to buy nectarines, mushrooms, tomatoes and a baguette. Lunch today was at Round Table, where we used the Free Pizza coupons that the kids got as a prize for completing the local library's summer reading program. In the afternoon, we puttered around the garden, pruning trees and preparing for our upcoming patio project. We measured Pea up against her sunflower; it's now taller than she is.

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When I was a child, I thought that everyone wrote diaries this way: Dear Diary, today I did this..... BOOOORING!! Who wants to read a minute-by-minute account of my day anyway? Not me (I already know how my day went); okay, maybe my mother. But no-one else. Needless to say, I haven't kept a journal since I was about twelve, and I was never able to keep a journal for more a month or so.

But a blog is not a journal, and a journal is not a logbook. I think I've finally learned to appreciate the difference; hey, I've had this blog for almost a year now and I'm not tired of it yet. With my newfound wisdom, this is how today's entry would go......

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Dear Diary,

Today we measured Pea up against her sunflower; tall as she is, it has definitely surpassed her. It's amazing to think that it was just a little tiny sapling, only a couple of inches tall, when she bought it at the farmers' market at the beginning of summer.

This farmers' market has truly been our Discovery of the Summer; we've made a habit of biking there together as a family and enjoying the fresh, natural taste of the things we buy. The food inspires me to cook and the kids love it so much I no longer need to make a separate dinner for them; as a result, we have been eating healthier and eating together.

The kids have really enjoyed caring for their sunflowers and watching them grow and bloom over the summer, just as their parents have enjoyed caring of their own little "plants", and watching them grow and bloom.

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12 comments:

MissMeliss said...

This entry was great - love the juxtaposition of the "diary" entries and the more present musings.

But you've made me really miss California (we left the Bay area for Texas three years ago).

Liza's Eyeview said...

Yeah .. there's a difference alright :)

gautami tripathy said...

I liked the picture of Pea with her sunflower!

Stacy said...

I like your thoughts on the expectations we bring to a diary. And I agree that the blog is a much different experience.

Tammy said...

Exactly! You have explained beautifully what blogger has done to transform the way I look at each day.

Rob Kistner said...

A super and very enlightened diary entry. I really enjoyed the wisdom contained in your post today. Splendid!

Gill said...

I love what you have done with this prompt - brilliant!

Kamsin said...

Lovely!

Robin said...

And that is exactly why I love blogging but have never managed to stick with a diary!

I had the chance to visit the Farmer's Market during a trip to SF back in May, it was so frustrating not to have a kitchen of my own to bring it all back to! I'm still drooling over the Tillamook Cheddar scone I had.

Fledgling Poet said...

I also love going to Farmer's Markets! I try and go to our local one every Sunday and it's such a visual sight with all the beautiful fruit, vegetables, plants (and people)...I was just there this morning and now have a bowl full of beautiful yellow and white peaches just waiting to be eaten. :~) I enjoyed your post...thank you for sharing.

Poppy Fields said...

You are right on with this post. I think it's wonderful that so many people have found blogging as a creative writing outlet, a diary of sorts, but so much better.

Frances said...

Sounds like a lovely family outing.
I can practically taste all those yummy fruits and veggies.
See you again soon.
Frances