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March 22nd

Found by Melissa Bontempo in Ohio University, Ohio

This book was found next to a dumpster at Ohio University. I can’t remember the date, but I probably found it near the spring of 2000. It belonged to an old woman who had presumably passed away recently. Other personal items, include a handwritten joke book, a funeral register, and a sheet of paper that lists all her medical conditions were nearby. This book is several decades old. The cover says “Birthdays” and is bound with tape. Other than birthdays, she recorded facts from her life, when each of her friends died, anniversaries, the circumstances of her pet’s death, surgeries, etc… I found this page, where she notes her husband’s burial particularly heartbreaking, as she retraces her own words repeatedly.