Did you have an autograph book? I know I did when I was in high school and particularly in our last year we busily collected the pearls of wisdom, seldom original, from our friends and classmates. Many of them were humorous.
Most were inspiring messages for a way to live life or wishes for the future.
Do you still have your autograph book? Mine has long gone but my mother kept hers with her as she kept her friends. She certainly abided by the lines written by her friend Marjorie as they not only remembered each other but remained friends until Marjorie died a couple of years before Mum.
Friends since primary school. I have one facebook friend from primary school but if it hadn’t been for FB we would never have revived contact with each other. Have you kept friends from your primary school days?
I wonder whether autographs are a thing of the past. Can you still buy an autograph book? Has the desire to inspire with words diminished as anytime you need a quote or inspirational saying, you can easily go online and find one that fits the bill perfectly for whatever it is you need. Perhaps these days the only autographs that are sought are those of famous people, rock stars, celebs of any sort, even an author signing their book for you. How meaningful is any of it? As an author doing the signing it was very meaningful. It meant you had made a connection (always good) and probably more importantly that you had someone who was going to read your book. For me being a recipient of an autograph it means much less to me.
Not so for these women finishing school in the 1940s. For each of my mother’s major birthdays I made a card for her. For her card when she was turning 70 I got her friends to write something they remembered about her. Two of them, some fifty years later referenced an autograph they had received from her.
One at least still had her autograph book and included the actual page my Mum had written on. Had she kept it because at that time my mother was famous (something for another post perhaps) or had she kept it because the words written by friends meant a lot to them.
I have to admit that I can remember my own days of the autograph book and feeling sick whenever I was presented with someone’s to write that clever, witty, humorous, meaningful verse – I rarely had anything on tap and I struggle (as I still do) to come up with those perfect words without having the time to mull them over and edit over time. Perhaps that is why I always preferred the skeleton autograph.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on autographs.