Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nancy Drew

On FreeJinger, someone called me a Nancy Drew.

I have to admit that I didn't know who that was. Every once in a while, I realize just how sheltered my QF/ATI childhood made me. (sad)


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  2. Definitely add Nancy Drew to your list of things to do/read now that you are free. I can't even imagine how long that list may be but I look forward to reading about your journey.

  3. Nancy Drew was my favorite series when I was a kid. Not so popular any more, but you might like them. Not sure why you would be called a Nancy Drew, but it is a compliment. :-)

  4. Nancy Drew is fun but not that great. I'd put Harry Potter and Judy Bloom much higher on the list.

  5. Have you ever read the book "Daddy Long Legs" by Jean Webber? I would strongly suggest it. It's about a girl in 1912 who is being sent to college by one of the trustees from the orphanage, where she has spent her entire life.

    I think you would really like it, not only because it's a fun (and clean!) book in and of itself, but because Judy goes through some "pop culture shock" of her own when she gets to college.

    And pick up a copy of Nancy Drew #1 by Carolyn Keene. ;) I was never a big fan but I think she's worth a try.

    -- tatortotcassie

  6. OOOH! Actually, I found it online, if you're interested:

  7. LOL All my teens know about Nancy Drew is the movie of the same name that was out spring 2007.

    Honestly the series is so dated I am surprised is wasn't the only book you were allowed to read! LOL Weren't they originally from the 1940s? I just looked it up: 1930 to 1956.

    So personally I don't think you're missing much there. Rent the movie from Netflicks if you want to get the gist of pretty much every book in the series.

  8. Don't dwell on the things that you've missed out on due to your childhood - you have your entire life and whole world spread out in front of you now!


  9. Ruth,

    I've been reading for a while (I followed from TWOP) and I wanted to let you know how courageous I think you are. I have friends (Hispanic, Mormon) who left sheltered families for college. It's hard to make such a transition without any family support, but it can be done. And you'll come out stronger with an unlimited future.

    I know you feel that you've missed out on things and that you are the world's oldest freshman, but you'll have a degree in no time. Don't be afraid to take out loans. It's the best money you'll ever owe. The ability to control your life is priceless. And education is normally the best way to controlling your future. And if you go into public service (which I think you were meant for) you can get the federal gov to pay for those loans.

    I just want you to know you've got so many people pulling for you. I helped a friend get through some tough money times and now we are helping a young lady she knows through the same. I just wish we had a way to mail you gift cards to make this easier for you. Not as charity but because we think you will end up helping so many people in your community.

    BTW, try to find a copy of Nancy Drew. I still have my childhood set and get a kick out of looking at the covers. Nancy was such an independent girl in a time that was not too great for women. It's not exactly GREAT literature but she's always finding her way into and out of trouble. And very rarely does a man ever come to her rescue, unlike so much of the crap I see my nieces reading today.

    Enjoy the journey. My friend ate beans and hot dogs her entire college career and we just came back from our grand tour of Europe. Dream big and don't be limited by any of the trolls or family that might try to hold you down.

  10. Great comment from Cynthia.

    We all are exposed to some things and not to others. The great thing about adulthood is that we can adjust those imbalances.

    You're awesome, Ruth. I didn't go through what you experienced, but I put myself through college and know something about tight budgets and cooking on the cheap. If you ever want some inexpensive, healthy recipes, or an english lit /history major's point of view, or just an internet friend, feel free to drop me a line.

    Best to you, strong girl.

    -Kiki (whitesox [at]

  11. You mentioned in one of your posts that you wanted to be a librarian. I work in the accounting department of a state university library. You might visit this is the national organization that many librarians belong to. Also google search "your state"library association for your home state's counterpart. Another thing you might do is see if your school offers financial aid via workstudy. You might be able to work in your school's library part time. Experience is experience.

    Nancy drew rocks, so being compared to her is an honor.

  12. Since no one else told you, Nancy Drew is a teenage character in a book series, who solves mysteries. Don't feel bad that you didn't know who she was, I made the mistake of telling one of my co-workers who is a native of France that she was Nancy Drew and she had no clue who I was talking about either. However, once I explained Nancy Drew to her, she realized Nancy Drew was actually called Alice in France because the name Nancy Drew wouldn't have made much sense to the French... she explained it much better than I can.
    Don't worry about not knowing things... you can't know everything!

  13. I find your story interesting, but I really do wish you would stop making statements about your life and making them appear to be the norm or something that everyone that is QF or ATI. I grew up in it, as did many friends, and my sister was an avid Nancy Drew reader. I think she had near every book (me, I hated it). I don't think you or others mean to do it, but it is a pet peeve of mine.

  14. Jamie, please read No Longer Qivering. It seems this is the norm, and your family was an outlier.

  15. I loved Nancy Drew. Being called Nancy Drew is an honor.I dont htink most Fundies owuld like her spunky independent attitude. She was toned down over the years. She lives with her father but still rarely a man gets her out of trouble. I read these well into my adult hood adn may now if I can get my hands on them. The Baby sitters Club and Sweet Valley High were other popular book series you may have missed.


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