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Social media of my day – the autograph book!  I’ve been into old stuff and found all these goodies.  Hope you will enjoy them with me.  A sampling for today – more to come later.—

My hair won’t stay in place, I have freckles on my face, but just the same my heart beats true, for some one so lovey – like you.

Remember the dear old school days, when you and I were young,  We used to pull each other’s hair – and chew each other’s gum.

I’m glad the sky is painted blue and the earth is painted green,  I’m glad there’s so much nice fresh air, all sandwiched in between.

The world is like a mirror, reflecting what you do,  And if you face it smiling, it will smile right back at you.

I wish you health, I wish you wealth, I wish you gold in store.  I wish you Heaven when you die.  How could I wish you more?

A friend is a word of royal tone.  A friend is a poem all alone.

If you would look into my heart, and find the love that’s there, If you would change it into gold, you’d be a millionaire.

When the evening sun is sinking, and your mind from trouble is free,  While of others you are thinking, won’t you sometimes think of me.

I’m not a roaming rover, I’m not a blooming rose; I’m just a little western girl with freckles on my nose.







About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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25 Responses to YES, WE HAD SOCIAL MEDIA

  1. calmkate says:

    wow love these Oneta, you’ve got my grey matter churning trying to think of some old favourites … will put them in a post when I get the recall … thanks for this walk down memory lane 🙂

  2. shoreacres says:

    I have two of my mother’s autograph books. They’re quite wonderful — so much so that I wrote about them once. Three of the sayings you quoted here are in her books, as well.

    I had autograph books when I was in school, too, but as I recall, that ended about sixth grade. By the time we hit ninth grade, we used our school annuals as a place to sign our names and leave messages. I have no idea what happened to my autograph books. I suppose in a fit of feeling too grown up for such things I got rid of them.

    • oneta hayes says:

      This list I have contains about 70-80 entries which I copied from my mother’s autograph book; some are from an aunt. I have a couple dozen or so from my own book. I will use them tomorrow. It is noteworthy that three sayings common in our books. I looked up some (googled) short entries in google but didn’t find anything that way. I did find some under “sayings in autograph books,” but I liked mine better. Some were a little highbrow for me. I might come up with “Monkey do, monkey see; do see that monkey in the tree.” See, not highbrow. 😀 Hope you run onto yours someday. We did the yearbook thing too, but they were mostly dull – just “remember our good old high school days” kind of thing.

  3. These are wonderful! Surely beats the ones in my year book! 💖

  4. I am going to have to dig up my “social media” books and find those old rhymes from my childhood! Thanks for sharing these Oneta!

  5. Lander7 says:

    It has no search feature or spell check……. NAY I SAY NAY

  6. since I’m working backward in playing catch up while here at the beach, I’m now where I think you “embroiling” began…I have my moms autograph book from her summers at camp during the early 40’s—I so love reading what they each wrote to one another …One thing I learned—my mom won for having the prettiest toes 🙂

  7. Faye says:

    Wow! Thank you Oneta. I too now want to find my stored autograph books and find the gems from the past particularly from teachers and people of God who encouraged me so long ago. Blessings! Hope to read more from you.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I love the humor, originality, good advice, and common sense in those old books. This one sticks with me. Don’t make love be the garden gate. Love is blind, but the neighbors ain’t. 😀

  8. judyjourneys says:

    Here is one from my mother’s 1934 autograph book: “Love you once, Love you twice, Love you better than cats do mice.”

  9. ghostmmnc says:

    Just catching up with some of your posts, Oneta, and this one is so fun! I like how you called autograph books the social media, and it was back in the day. I still have mine, and have thought of doing a post about it, and now you have inspired me to do so. I love all the cute rhymes and sentiments people wrote. 🙂

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