Saturday, January 12, 1974 (age 10)
Dear Diary,
M gave me the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. It is a good book. It is true.
In the book Anne named her diary Kitty. Her words were:
“Hence this diary. In order to enhance my minds eye the picture of the friend for whom I have waited so long, I don’t want to set down a series of bald facts in a diary as most people do, but I want this diary itself to be my friend, and I shall call my friend Kitty. No one will grasp what I’m talking about if I begin my letters to Kitty just out of the blue, so albeit unwillingly I will start by sketching in brief the story of my life.”

then she started writing about her life.

Well anyway I might as well get down to the point I want to think of my diary as a friend too so now I’ve got to think of a name for you. I think I shall call you Laura, well Laura, I’ll try too write later today.

Yours Kathy