By Bianca Dias-Halpert and Carol Norwood, USA
Do you remember your “Poezie Album” ?
This is an autograph book which belongs to Carol’s mother. It was a tradition to have family members, classmates, neighbors write something in it such as well wishes. This particular book contains autographs from her classmates while attending school on the island of Sumatra back in the 1930’s.
Some were always signed, “Ter Herinnering Aan” (to remember). The first one to write in it was usually your mother, then your father. It was embellished with special decorative stickers. They were not self-sticking like nowadays, instead homemade glue was used made of crushed rice kernels or rice flour mixed with water. Some stickers had sparkly things like glitter.
What follows is a literal translation and does not rhyme:
What shall I write on this page… Oh yes, I know what. Go through life in good humor.
Greetings, Cita and all the best