December 2, 1982
"Today Wendy was in a bad mood. She pretended like she did not want me around. I really like Randy. He is very cute and I hope he asks me to go with him. All the animals are doing fine. Today I almost decided to get my hair cut short but I chickened out. Chipper's cage was cleaned and I can tell he is happy. Lara was sick today. Well I must be going now. By Ophelia. Your friend, Jennifer. P.S. I love you."
I think Ophelia was Jennifer's stand-in for female confidant, best friend and more importantly, mother. Jennifer spoke to her mother on the telephone maybe once a week. She saw her once or twice a year. She lived with two males--her brother and her dad. Now that Jennifer is twelve, her need for a live-in mother is growing.
December 3, 1982
"Today I got my hair cut and I look really pretty. I have no homework. I went to Lara's today. Lara is always bragging about herself. I wish I had some designer jeans or alligator shirts. Well I have to go, bye Ophelia. Your friend, Jennifer."
December 4, 1982
"Lara is spending the night. Daniel and Allen are watching the Rush concert. We ate pizza at Round Table and tonight we are watching movies on Showtime. We are having a ceremony and cursing Adrienne T. My hair still looks nice. I still like Randy, he is very cute. I think you are beautiful. Well I have to go bye Ophelia. Your friend, Jennifer. P.S. We watched Caveman on Showtime. Lara went with me to my horse back riding lesson. I am riding Jewel right now."
Lara and Jennifer had a few ceremonies. It no longer occurs to Jennifer to pray. Instead she burns candles and makes wishes with Lara. Adrienne was a "mean girl." One of those perfect girls gifted with looks, money and a body. Adrienne ended up with a modeling contract in junior high.
Jennifer can't remember what Adrienne did to Jennifer and Lara, if anything, but there was animosity between the girls. Jennifer and Lara wished ill on her. Obviously no harm was brought to Adrienne--the harm was done to Jennifer. Her bitterness caused ill only to herself.
December 5, 1982
"How are you? Today I saw The Jerk on TV. Me and Lara watched 9 to 5 on Showtime. Cocoa made a mess in my room. Mom is coming either the 14th or 15th of this month. Muffin is very cute. It is 11:00 PM so I have to go. Bye Ophelia. Your friend, Jennifer. P.S. You are beautiful."
Jennifer's dad did not really enjoy having all the pets. He couldn't stand animal messes in the house. He also found the smell of a litter box unacceptable. Adjustments had to be made. He bought a training kit and, in a few short weeks, he taught Cocoa to use the toilet....
The two malls, Fashion Island and Hillsdale competed to get the store, Nordstrom. Hillsdale won. Hillsdale also updated their store and went on an advertising blitz. They sunk Fashion Island. I'm sure some heads rolled over that fiasco.