Back in the day, like when your parents were in high school, signatures were simple and short. “Bye, Tommy. Math class wouldn’t have been as much fun without you.” Love, Susie. Flash forward to the 80’s and 90’s when an entire page or pages was reserved for your best friend(s) to sign your book and you’ll see that cataloging every experience you had together was more common and what once took several class periods now took hours and even days to get all of your friends to sign your book.
While the increased usage of social media has made it easier than ever to stay in touch with your friends, there is something special about the messages that have been forever captured in your friends handwriting in your yearbook. Time and time again, you will reach for that book on your shelf and browse the pages — maybe right along side your Facebook page — to see how friends have changed, remember those who are gone and celebrate all of the things that happen after high school. But it’s those little notes that your friends left you that remain a permanent reminder of who you were in high school and what you meant to them.
So now you find yourself thinking about what you want to write in your friend’s yearbooks and you’re stumped. What can you write that won’t sound trite 10, 20 or 30 years from now. Stop overthinking and start writing. Conjur up your most favorite memories of them and go from there. Maybe something like, “I’m sorry, but it was too funny when Coach Smith gave you a hard time all day, every day. You know you deserved it. Haha! Have a great summer, dude. Get ready to gear up for football practice in a few weeks.”
If you’re truly stumped, give these suggestions a try.
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What NOT to write in your friend’s yearbooks
It should go without saying, but just in case you are forgetful, it’s important to remember that other people, i.e. parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. may be reading what you wrote in your friends’s books so use good common sense so that they aren’t offended at what you wrote about their loved one. No one will appreciate the use of any profanity or “inside jokes” that are inappropriate.
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