Make new friends but keep the old
One is Silver, the other Gold
These lines were favorites of my Mother’s to recite and to write in her friends’ Autograph Books. She must have written this little verse many times over the years and it is still good advice.
Do you remember your Autograph Book from way back when? Yours might have come from a store - hard covered, embossed lettering, and tightly bound pastel-coloured pages. Or, like many of us, you made your own book. We designed the cardboard cover, cut lined notebook paper to size, and used brass Brad fasteners to hold it all together (this was the best because you could add pages as needed! )
In your golden chain of friendship
Consider me a link.
Apparently, autographs are still collected today, but often consist of a scrawled signature of a celebrity in sports or entertainment. These signatures often are found on programs or on the back of a team jersey. The value of these is determined by the scarcity of the signature and the fame of the signee. Back in the day, we wrote verses and messages hoping that we would be remembered in the future.
Down near the meadow, carved on a tree
Are two little words, “Remember Me.”
The verses and comments written by family, teachers and classmates might reflect a time when we didn’t really value these connections as much as we do now looking back. A name and a few lines will jog a memory and we do think of a different time and place. I wonder what simple things will be valued by the texting generation.
My Mother wrote this profound ditty in my Father’s autograph book:
I met him in the garden
The night was still as death
I knew he knew his onions
‘Cause I smelled them on his breath.
The thoughts were sometimes serious, or friendly, or just plain silly. If you skip to the back page, the final message (maybe written the first day in your new book ) will bring a smile to your face . . .
By hook or by crook
I’ve signed last in your book!
By Bev Cumming