New Inventions

August 1st, 1930
Dear Diary,

    I have a brother named Jem and a dad named Atticus. Jem is my older brother. Atticus is a lawyer and lives in Maycomb County with us. We live with an African American cook named Calpurnia. Atticus has a brother named Jack who is in Boston studying medical and a sister named Alexandria who looks after Finchs Landing. Today was great! We met this kid named Charles Baker Harris. We nicknamed him Dill. He is from Mississippi. I have never been to Mississippi before. I must ask Atticus if we can ever visit Dill at his mom’s house. The name Mississippi just sounds so cool. Dill is an adventurous kid who is now my best friend. After hearing about Boo Radley who lives in a "haunted house" Dill dares Jem to try and get him to come out of the house. I am scared out of my head to go anywhere near Boos house….
Jean Louise Finch (Sa’adia Williams)

August 2nd, 1930

Dear Journal,

                Dill left soon to go back to Meridian, and it was time for me to go to school for the first time. I have been waiting my whole life to go to school, but it turned out to be a great disappointment. Caroline, my very young first grade teacher from North Alabama, was surprised to find that I could read very well. Rather than being proud of me, Miss Caroline told me that I was not allowed to read with my father anymore because Atticus didn't know how to teach.   I was crushed.   Just before lunch, I tried to helpfully explain to Miss Caroline that Walter Cunningham did not have a lunch with him because he was poor. The class knew that because Miss Caroline wasn't from Maycomb she wouldn't understand that Walter couldn't take the quarter she kept offering him because the Cunningham's didn't borrow what they couldn't pay back. Miss Caroline, however, thought that I was just being rude, so she swatted my hand with a ruler and made me stand in the corner until lunch time.