In my previous post I mentioned that my parents were married for 66 years after a five-month courtship. Since they didn’t start dating until after high school, it’s reasonable to assume that they dated other people before they became a couple.
I’m aware of several of my Dad’s female acquaintances from his high school years, but Mom never spoke to me about any previous boyfriends. Now that I have both of their autograph books from roughly ages 12 to 15, I know a bit more.
As I wrote earlier, Mom’s autograph book was definitely G-rated, but I did find one small clue about a possible earlier paramour. It came in an entry dated May 27, 1936, a few months before my Mom’s 14th birthday. The author was Alice Jean Stacy (who added “Blondie” in parentheses below her name).
Remember the dove,
Remember the night,
You fell in love (with Bob)
If you’re the Bob that Blondie referred to, or if you’re Alice Jean Stacy, please contact me. I want to know more.
Compared to Mom, Dad looks like he was a real player in junior high. Here are a couple of clues from his autograph book:
I love you and you can’t help it.
Forever yours, Dorothy Owens
My heart pants for you, 4get me not …
Yours until the sidewalk walks,
Yours until the butter flies,
Yours until the sink sinks.
Your sweetheart, Annabelle Wright
I should also point out that each of these entries was dated the same day – Oct. 1, 1935 – a few weeks before Dad’s 15th birthday. Again, I’d like to know more.
It’s all irrelevant now, of course, but it is worth noting that Mom and Dad had full, separate lives before they became Mom and Dad.
Writing prompt of the day: What do you know about your parents’ previous boyfriends and girlfriends?
Photo: Jack & Elsie Lehmer's wedding portrait, 1942 (Walter B. Lehmer collection)