Secret Messages: Childhood note passing and morse code jewelry
Did anyone else make up codes with their friends when they were younger?
My elementary school besties/neighbors and I had our own secret language. It was modeled after the secret language of my bestie's older sister...who I am pretty sure made hers up 100% so that we wouldn't eaves drop on her and her friends. Having a secret code to talk in was a necessity, because back before cell phones and texting- the kitchen phone was basically the only form of after school communication. And talking on the kitchen phone to your buddies required creativity in order to have privacy.
By the way, BOTH of these secret languages were modeled after pig latin, so our brothers cracked the codes pretty fast. Our only hope was to speak so quickly that they couldn't keep up. I am pretty sure that we also had made up names for everyone in our families so that even once the codes had been cracked, we could still talk about our siblings in front of our siblings without them knowing. Looking back, I'm sure they figured that out too, but it was so fun and we thought we were so cool.
My friends and I also used to have secret codes for passing notes in school. Again, before texting, note passing was so important right? Now the kids just chat back and forth on google hangouts all day with zero fear or concern about the fact that at any moment their teacher could download the entire convo. But we used to spend hours creating these elaborate symbol-based codes and keep the all important "key" taped to the inside of our desks at school. Once a note was successfully passed across the classroom, we would decode the message (which took forever) and then reply with a series of symbols that meant nothing to anyone without the key. That way if a note was intercepted by a teacher....it wouldn't mean anything to anyone when she taped it to the chalkboard for the world to see. It's a wonder that I actually learned anything in 5th grade for all of the time that I spent writing and reading coded notes.
But there's something so fun about having a secret language, or a secret code, isn't there? There's something special about having a message that no one else can understand. Those notes passed across the 5th grade classroom didn't mean anything to anyone except for my best friend and I, and even when we didn't actually NEED privacy, we loved creating those codes because it was fun to be in on a secret together.
The language that my neighbor and I made up...well it was pretty bad. But the one her sister and her friends made up? They were like wizards speaking so fast that we actually couldn't understand them even though we understood the trick used to change up the words. I'll bet that 95% of the time they weren't even talking about anything interesting (I know we never were), but being able to communicate in secret was so thrilling.
If you've been around here for awhile, you will know that ALL of our jewelry actually has hidden and secret messages embedded within them. When we design the pieces, we have a message that we want you to remember, and we want our jewelry to be that token to remind you of that message throughout your day. Nobody else will know what it means to you, but you will think of those words and ideas every time that you look down at your jewelry.
But for this anklet we took it a little more literally than usual, and we spelled out a word in morse code. I know that morse code isn't exactly a secret language...but today, aside from the recognizable pattern of S.O.S. (dot dot dot DASH DASH DASH dot dot dot)....nobody really walks around knowing much about morse code. So the message of this anklet is as personal, special, and secret as those notes I used to pass across the classroom in 5th grade, and the message is just for you.
What does it spell out? Crack the code here.