Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry One Hundred Thirty-Four

Entry One Hundred Thirty-Four

Sunday, June 15                  Weather marked as Clear.

Dear Diary,

The last day of school. I never thought I could feel this way. Bob & me, Lynn & Ricky went to the Aloha Dance. The band was terrific. Bob and I danced the bunny-hug the latter part of the dance. Afterwards we came to my house. Lynn & Rick went on the patio & Bob & I stayed inside. I can’t express my emotions, I can’t seem to put my feelings into words. Afterwards—Mom came home & went to bed & we continued—Lynn & Rick wouldn’t go back out so we did! I’de say he loves me! He wants me to wear his letterman sweater. Tonite I kissed Bob for the first time standing up—which I like—and lying down. I like that too. He’s so wonderful—I just hope it lasts. Oh if only it would last: although I’m not quite sure about the way I fell about him…

Got home at 11:00 pm. Boys left at 1:00 am.

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Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry Thirty-Six

Entry Thirty-Six

Wednesday, February 5                                  Weather marked as Clear.

Dear Diary,

Everything is working itself out beautifully. The “Hello” dance is Friday night. I wonder if I’ll be asked. Today I brought my phonograph player in the house & played the “Gaite Parisienne” all evening. Its so beautiful. I just love it. I could play it over & over & over.

Editorial Note:

What Lois listened to over, and over, and over again on this day in 1951 was “Gaite Parisienne” (translated as Parisian Gaiety) by Jacques Offenbach. This appeared as the score to an eponymous ballet choreographed by Leonide Massine that was first presented by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1938. In 1941, a film version of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production was released by Warner Brothers in full technicolor splendor. Directed by Jean Negulesco, the 20-minute romp is a truncated version of the full ballet that many purists despised, but we novices can find it entertaining nonetheless. Since this short is most likely how Lois was introduced to the Offenbach song, here it is in all it’s brief glory; enjoy.