Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Diary of Zita Cecilia McNamara: Times of Change

Editor's Note: Click HERE to read Dr. C's previous post on the origin of Zita's diary. This entry begins with 13-year-old Zita writing to her guardian angel, "Bishop."

Dear Bishop (Age 17, Day 12) This has been quite a day. There is a rumor that Veronica is pregnant. God, I cried. And I am so hurt and worried for her that I could hardly think straight. I am still shaking. I wish it were not true. God and Blessed Mary, please make it not true, please!

Dear Bishop (Age 17, Day 13) Tom took me to the State Fair. It was very, very nice, and we had a lot of fun. I’ll never forget my ride with him in the Horror House. I’m not surprised I didn’t push him out of the car. It was really something. Great time! Then, we went to some of the jewelry stands and took a look at something for Tom’s mom. He bought her a gift. Then, as we continued to look at items, Tom bought me a ring that had my birthstone! No, it was not expensive but it means so much to me. Thank You, God.

Dear Bishop (Age 17, Day 14) You know that while I was in grade school, I was disliked by some because of my academic abilities. I was never elected to offices and, sometimes, heckled. But, now, my years at my high school are so very different just as Mums said it would be. I have been elected as secretary of my class and secretary of the Human Relations Club. Plus, I have been elected as secretary of a city-wide teen human relations organization. This really makes me feel good. And I am really enjoying my years at my high school. 

Reflections: I have one friend who always says: “The more things change the more they stay the same.” Yes, young teens continue to become pregnant. However, I recall that when this occurred to a person whom I really cared about, I really was hurt. I felt hurt that I had to find this out via a rumor. Of course, as I noted in a previous installment, we began to lose our closeness. Her choices of friends just did not fit with me. Still, I liked her. And to this day I do wonder what became of her.