Monday, March 28, 2011

Lennie Loses His Girlfriend. Life Becomes Dull.

Charles Leonard Davis (Lennie to his family and friends) of Wakefield, Nebraska, continues his sparse words in his 1898 Diary. We follow along and muse at his short notes, trying to decipher a bit into his life.

Thursday, March 24,
Nice day.
Rode with ??? at Rawlings *.
(rode his cars yet in those days)

Friday, March 25, 1898
Nice day.
Went riding with ???
(Lennie rides his bicycle with a friend, but I can't read his writing. So I haven't a clue as to who? Fellow? Female? Definitely wasn't his girlfriend G, cause as you can see, he and G had a falling out today.)
Went to JOGT
(Meeting at Odd Fellows)
Fell out with G.
(Uh-oh! I'm wondering if Lennie tried to convince G of his philosophy in regards to women...a philosophy imprinted on the first page of his diary. Here are his words written in his own hand-writing..."
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet. In short, my deary, kiss me and be quiet." Lennie, Lennie, that kind of attitude will not endear you to the ladies.)

Saturday, March 26, 1898
Dull day.
Wind blew all day.
Helped Prof at school.

On Friday, Lennie has had a falling-out with his girlfriend G. On Saturday he's bummed to the max. Serves you right, Lennie! Consequently, Saturday is a mighty dull day. So dull that he resorts to helping the Professor at school.

*Rawlings Brothers is the local lumber yard. Lennie mentions on the first page of his diary that "
IN CASE OF ACCIDENT OR SERIOUS ILLNESS PLEASE NOTIFY...Rawlings Bros. Wakefield, Nebraska." I'm sure the Davis household did not have a telephone...perhaps Lennie thought the Rawlings Brothers would know where he lived and run to tell his parents of any accident or serious illness.


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