Jennifer is having a writing affair on the all-knowing Ophelia. She now writes in Journal too. So Ophelia stays at home and acts as Jennifer's best and most consistent friend. Ophelia records her life activities. Journal travel with Jennifer and records her thoughts of the moment.
Jennifer has not stopped moving and changing schools since the first grade. Wayzata is her third high school in as many states. She is abnormally attached to her diary, Ophelia. It is a "god" to her. It is her higher power. Jennifer was always seeking spiritual enlightenment--but she had no direction--so she made up her own god. I believe all the thoughts and "prayers" in her writings were heard by the Christian God that she believes in now.
Jennifer's predictions are amazingly accurate! If we can just get our kids to survive adolescence--they do end up following their dreams!!
Jennifer did bear two children, not three, but she still ended up with three! Jennifer completed her family by adopting her third child. She also has lots of pets--nine mammals and two fish tanks!
I wonder how many of our youthful desires we fulfilled without even remembering where the original "idea" came from?
Jennifer started Journal on September 20, 1985. She writes on the front that this journal is for recording her thoughts of the moment. She writes, "...if you are offended by anything I say remember that it's hard for me to write some of it. I'm trying to admit and accept the bad things about me, as I am the good things."
She also explains that she expects this journal to be read by others someday. "When I address you, I mean the reader," she writes, "for I am intending you to read it. I hope it helps you and I suggest you keep your own journal, thoughts are a gift and yours might be great ones so write them down." (except she used the wrong write....not like her!)
Anyway, Jennifer's journal gives a lot of insight into the teenage brain--at least her teenage brain! I will intermingle some of Journal and some of Ophelia to, hopefully, weave a more complex view of this 15 year old girl.
The issues coming up in her life are boys, drug-use, perfectionism, control and suicide. It sounds serious but I read ahead a little and found myself laughing and chuckling. Sometimes Jennifer tries so hard to find herself or fit in or be "normal" or even to be "different" that it's just plain funny!