Wishes to Evalena

While digging through a box of old letters and junk mail from my mother’s storage shed, I found a little red book entitled “Class Autographs. schooldays Memories of Evalena McGrew, Freshman”

Evalena is my maternal grandmother, and a woman I never had the opportunity to meet as she had passed away suddenly at the age of 50 because of a blood clot to the brain.

I have been paging through this book, and it is full of quotes from her classmates. I can’t decide if they are made up, or if they were common poems/lyrics back in the day. Or if each student just picked one as a signature quote and wrote it in everyone’s autograph book.

I thought I would share a few of them with you. Most are dated November 21, 1933.

Dear Evalena, (They all begin with this saluation)

Some like the tulips
that grow in the park,
But I like the two-lips
That meet in the dark.

Your friend, “Aggy”

—–

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet
and so are you.

Yours till you see Bronner in a gym suit – Howard

—-

The higher the mountain
The cooler the breeze
The younger the couple
The tighter the squeeze.

(And more thrilling, especially a kiss from a certain guy.) Yours till you marry P.K, “Jerry”

—–

When evening drops it curtain, and pins it with a star,
Remember you still have a friend
Though she may wander far.

-Beatrice

——

When the golden sun is setting
and the path no more you trod
May your name in gold
be written
in the autograph of God.

-Your cousin, Violet

—–

I wish you luck, I wish you joy
I wish you first a baby boy,
and when his hair begins to curl, I wish you
then a baby girl, and when her hair is straight
as pins, I wish you then a set of twins.

Love Martha

—–

When you get married
and your husband gets
cross, pick up a rolling pin
and say “I’m boss”

Yours till (ice creams ?) Jean

——

Hold on, Neenes just woke up in a fury. More later!

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