August 9, 2012 THE SECRET LIFE OF MILDRED ELLIOTT! Remember that diary we found during our campout sleepover? We were TOTALLY on the fence about reading it until Zoey’s mom was like, “What if no one ever read Anne Frank’s diary in fear of invading HER privacy? I rest my case!” She had a good point! What if something in that diary could change the WORLD and help tons of people?? We’d be committing a crime by NOT reading it! A crime against HUMANITY!! So the other day we all got together, ordered a pizza, and then stared at the diary for about five minutes. I don’t know, I thought it would be more fun if we made it even more suspenseful! It totally felt like time stood still. Then Brianna ran in skipping with an ice cream cone, stopped short, and screamed, “Wait!!!!!!!” All together, we yelled “What?!?” Then she said, “There’s ice cream! Want some??” As if that was a SUPER important thing she needed our COMPLETE attention to ask us. She’s such a spaz sometimes! So I huffed, “Brianna! We’re doing something important here! What kind of ice cream?!” After we all got some, we huddled around the diary again and began to open it slowly. Then Brianna squeezed herself between Zoey and me, saying, “Oh boy, I hope there are pictures!” Right then, her WHOLE ice cream felt right off the cone onto the first page. It was a big wet mess! I was SO annoyed!! But she just went, “Oops!” and then skipped off. I started flipping through the pages to see how many got ruined, and that’s when we realized…the whole diary was written in pencil, and you could hardly read it! It was totally light and faded. I was SO bummed out! I mean, we really built this whole thing up. And I was DYING to know about Mildred. How old was she when she wrote it? Did she have awesome BFFs like Chloe and Zoey? Did she have a crush on someone as sweet as Brandon? Was she a HUGE dork like me? Since we couldn’t read about Mildred’s life, we decided to make up a story about her…you know, like stuff we thought her diary might have said. Here’s what we got so far: Mildred Elliott was born in 1931. She had a brother who was one year older named Irvin, who was a TOTAL jerk. He was always playing tricks on her and getting her in trouble for things he did. But there was one cool thing about Irvin…his best friend Henry! Henry was the cutest boy in school. EVERYONE had a crush on Henry, including this CCP Shirley. Except they didn’t call the popular girls CCPs. Mildred called them CSPs…classy, sassy populars (because old people used different words than us…but kids have wanted to be popular pretty much since they invented the wheel!) Shirley was TOTALLY evil! She owned like a hundred way-too-long skirts (they kind of dressed like nuns back then!) and she was always making fun of Mildred because her mom made her clothes. But what Shirley didn’t know was that Henry had a HUGE crush on Mildred. He walked her home from school every day, and every day he asked her to go out with him. But Mildred wasn’t allowed to date yet, so she always said no. Then one day, Mildred said to Henry, “I know you think you want to take me out, but there’s something you don’t know about me.” That’s all we got so far! What do YOU think Mildred’s big secret would be? *Yeah, I made a mistake! I wrote Mildred Pierce in the title because that’s actually a movie with Kate Winslet that my mom was talking about seeing so that name was in my mind. My bad!!