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Do You Hold Hands?

Found by Mike Adams in Warsaw, Indiana

This note was found in my friend Cory’s high school locker after, presumably, having been dropped in there by mistake. We found it on 12/3/2000 and I kept it in my wallet for the next 10 years. On the heavy side, I was an American high school student and this was a year and a half after the Columbine shootings. The sort of 1950′s sock-hop innocence of this note helped me remember that the entire world wasn’t always going to hell all the time. It kinda gave me perspective.

I love the way she emphasizes the words “Sometimes”, “care about”, and “one” with an underline in the second paragraph. I also love the question, “Do you hold hands?” Some of her turns of phrase are pure genius.


  1. orinocowomble says:

    on November 29, 2012 at 10:04 am
    Wilma honey, if you’ve “been together” for a month and Shawn hasn’t even tried to hold hands with you, he’s not that into you. He sees you as a friend to hang with, or he’s actually trying to click with your best girlfriend. Harping on it in a note is just going to make him feel pressured and think you’re clingy and needy. Methinks the lady doth insist too much.

  2. Chrome Toaster says:

    on November 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    “your name is all over my agenda” is my favorite phrase in this entire epistle.

    Interesting that this was Found the day it was written- obviously never received or read by Shawn. Did Mike or Cory know Shawn or Wilma? Why would Mike carry this around with him for ten years? There seems to be more to this story that we can’t quite see. Legitimately interesting Finder’s Blurb, though.

    If you want to hold my hand -JUST my hand- OK!

  3. Clover_in_the_Lawn says:

    on November 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm
    Wilma was trying to avoid being caught by Mrs. Willman!

  4. Clover_in_the_Lawn says:

    on November 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm
    Also, I would like to know what else is in Mike’s wallet. If he hasn’t cleaned it out in ten years, it must be chock full of interesting stuff. And too fat to fit in his pocket. And it’s amazing he hasn’t lost his wallet in all that time. Or bought a new one. I could go on and on. I know people whose wallets look like they haven’t been cleaned out in ten years. (Not mine.)

  5. Clover_in_the_Lawn says:

    on November 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm
    Since it was intended for Shawn but accidentally delivered to Cory’s locker, why didn’t Cory deliver it to Shawn instead of giving it to Mike? That’s not very nice.

  6. orinocowomble says:

    on November 30, 2012 at 3:39 am
    Maybe by now he’s had to resort to one of those European man-bags! I live in S. Europe and the man-bag disappeared years ago due to frequent muggings in my city. I’ve just seen them again in the big department stores after 20 plus years. Don’t know if that means we’re safer than before, or if it simply means the younger generation has forgotten the danger of carrying anything you don’t want to lose.

  7. Librarian in the Woodwork says:

    on November 30, 2012 at 9:21 am
    I love this. I read it thinking ‘Hey, pretty nice handwriting for a 5th or 6th grader’ (because who else could be together that long and NOT already be holding hands), THEN I read the blurb and saw it was found in a high school.

    Anyway, I still think it’s cute. Especially how Shawn has Wilma begging for it after such a short time together.

    Hope it turned out well.

  8. S. Tremaine Nelson says:

    on November 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    Restoring faith in the “real” world. At least it’s not all digital (yet).