Monday, November 25, 2013

A New Old Friend

Hello future readers,

This past Sunday, we had some company over for dinner. My mom's old high school friend Carla Pierce, her husband Jeff and their daughter Kim came over. Kim is my age. They just moved to Springfield from New York City. My mom told them that Springfield is a great place to raise kids. Kim was adopted from a Vietnam orphanage when she was just a year old. Right after she came to the United States, my mom took me (when I was a year old) to New York City to visit them. She said Kim and I played together, took a bath together, and tried to share a bottle together, but I don't remember any of that. Neither did Kim. But since our parents are friends, they thought it would be great if we were friends, too. That's alright with me, if it's alright with Kim.

When dinner was ready, the grown-ups went into the dining room to talk about grown-up stuff, while Kim and I ate our dinner in the kitchen. We had spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread. My favorite! Yummy!

While we ate, Kim and I talked about what life was like in New York City, and what was different here in Springfield. She said she'd miss her friends, her old school, Central Park, the museums, the Hayden Planetarium, and going to see Santa at Macy's. But she wouldn't miss the pollution, the crime, and living in a tiny apartment. I told her that since Springfield is a small town, you could go all over the place  by yourself, and your parents would know you were safe. She thought that was pretty groovy!

We had strawberry ice-cream and sugar cookies for dessert. I told Kim about school, Miss LaSalle, and who my friends were. She said they sounded really far out!

After dinner, we went to my room to play. Kim loved it! She said my room was much bigger than her old one in New York. As soon as she sat down, Boomer jumped on her lap. He just loves it when company comes over. She stroked his fur and scratched his ears. Kim said they didn't allow pets in her building in New York. I just knew she was gonna love it here!

I took out a couple of my Barbies and we played for awhile. Kim can make up the funniest voices! She made her doll sound like Natasha from the Bullwinkle cartoon, and did a funny southern accent too! I was laughing so hard, I cried!

Then I got out my record player and records. She loved my record collection. All of her stuff was still packed, but we had some of the same records. She really likes Foster Sylvers, and The DeFranco Family. It was gonna be outta site swapping records with her! We were dancing all around my room! It was so much fun!

Kim told me her mom was going to register her for school right after the Thanksgiving holiday. I hoped she'd be in my class. My mom said Kim would be staying with us for awhile until her parents got most of the big things unpacked, and that her family would spend Thanksgiving with us! As JJ on "Good Times" says, "DYN-O-MITE!!" ( Good Times is a TV show). I knew my mom invited some of my friends who would be in town over, and I couldn't wait for Kim to meet them! This was really gonna be a groovy holiday!

Until next time, future readers,
Your friend,
Julie Newman


  1. Is one of your barbies malibu barbie?

  2. Yes, the one I'm playing with is a Malibu Barbie (or Suntan Barbie, as I like to call her), and the one Kim's playing with is a Gold Medal Barbie. Wow...they still have Barbies in the future?

  3. From Doll Diaries. Your Kim is so cute. Her hair looks great. Is it similar to Julie's? They look great together. What a nice find that doll is!

    1. *Note from Julie's doll mom*

      It's hard to tell, but Kim's hair is close to a Springfield doll. Julie's hair isn't in the best shape, but I keep it up as best I can. BTW...if you want Julie to answer you, please address your comments to her. Thanks.

  4. Hi Julie,

    I've been following your blog for a while now, though I don't think I've commented yet. It's so cool! I love reading about your life in the '70s. I'm going to have to ask my mom about her experiences growing up then.

    Kim is really pretty, and it looks like she'll be a great friend for you!


    1. Hi Sophie,

      It makes me really happy that kids from the future can read about my life as a kid in the 1970s. And I'm really glad Kim moved to Springfield. I can tell we're gonna be good friends!