Is there really any purpose to junior high school other than it being a place to corral the most socially awkward people on the planet?
Remember junior high romance?
Girl likes Boy. Girl sends girlfriend over to Boy to ask if he likes her. Girl emphasizes that girlfriend must ask if he likes her as a friend or more than a friend.
If the answer was ‘more than a friend’, then note writing would commence.
Weren’t Those Notes Great?
The great art of junior high note writing (which has been lost to texting) involved neatly folding and tucking up the note either as a square or triangle.
If you were really cool, your notes began with ‘High’ instead of ‘Hi’, even though the note writer had probably never been high in their life.
Girls dotted their ‘I’s with little hearts and signed with A/F/A (a friend always).
It was a thrill to open your locker and see that a note had been dropped in. Especially if the note came from a boy or girl that liked you ‘more than a friend’.
Then came the moment when you were officially ‘going together’. Most likely you really never went anywhere and it’s even possible that you hardly spoke because you both were too shy.
I had one of those experiences in seventh grade. A boy named Ken had his friend call me and ask the big question, “Do you like Ken as a friend or more than a friend?”
I must have agreed to like him more than a friend because we began exchanging notes and then we were ‘going together’.
We, of course, never went anywhere or even spoke. The most personal interaction we had was saying hi in the halls.
I heard he became a doctor. Oh well…
We look back on those innocent years with fondness, even if we cringe a little at their awkwardness.
And we smile as we keep moving forward and growing.
“Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.” ~ Job 32:7
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.