Notes from Maddie’s journal, used by permission.
It was the best night in my life
i got to wear my poodle skrt and I atee dinr at my gandma”s and gandpa”s chrch cuse their had a mothr doter banckwit and thiey had a contest of Bubolgum and I Blowd the Bigist one and Ant J too we Both got the prise and the prise was a little box of Bublegum. But aut J wune anothr prise and she shred it with us and she got candy lipstick
But then i got anothr pirse to and i got a notebook and my sistr wunted a little box of candy But some one elce got it
Then my gandma playd the poinoe and some girls came up and sang a sogn and Ant J to
i had a grat time and then it was time to go and so I got my Box of gum and the notebook and I wint home well to my gandma’s and gandpa”s house and got my p. gimas on and then i got redy for bed I rote some thigs and then I went up sters to tell my sistr”s wat I rote
(Notes from the publisher: I seriously resisted the urge to edit this, but it was so priceless. She won that little notebook last night and then simply had to record everything she could remember about the evening the minute we walked in the door. Sure, we have areas to work on with the writing, but the point… the point is that she wanted to write. And this is a kid who, as great a reader as she has turned into this year, absolutely hates any assigned writing. So I’ve backed off a bit with this, only to have her turn around and do this. Beautiful. And, Monica, thanks for the poodle skirt. I changed it quite a bit to match the other four, so you won’t recognize it when you see it… but I appreciate that you sent it to me!)
Now then, after Cokes all around at 7 pm, getting back to the farm at 9 pm, and finally getting the caffeine out of everyone’s system by 11:30 pm, they woke up at 6 this morning ready to go.
It’s going to be a long day…