Girl Scout diary

Jean Harrison of Bridgeport kept a diary in 1946 and it recently found its way into the CHS library. The entries are written in what is entitled a Girl Scout Diary, with information on the history of scouting at the front, essays on safety toward the back, and historical tidbits sprinkled throughout the volume. I wish I knew her age, because some of Jean’s comments have an air of discovery about them. For example, January 4, she wrote, “Went ice skating for the first time in my life. It was fun. Didn’t fall.”

Jean mentions attending confirmation class on Sundays, attending scout meetings, going to the dentist, attending school, and, on January 13, a very momentous occasion, “I had my first date. Went to a roller skating with Richard Busher.” She also makes oblique comments about rationing, although the family did have a new car. On Sunday, January 19, after Confirmation class, she “went to hunt for butter.”

According to her records in the back of the diary, Jean only read two books during the course of the year. One was Sue Barton, Student Nurse. The second book was a biography of Clara Barton. Perhaps Jean was considering becoming a nurse. However, it is her comments about the book that are of most interest. She wrote, “A very good book if you are interested in nursing and in the early life of our country. It is about war.” One wonders how much she really understood about war.

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