Surprisingly, I've only found around 100 out of the 285 on Facebook. I suppose I thought we'd find almost everyone there. Here's to happy hunting, yes?
Anyways, one of the ways I've gone about making sure I know who I need to find has been to reference my senior yearbook. I've always been pretty proud of that sucker since I served as the editor that year (ah, memories). What I hadn't thought much about were the notes that people wrote in them. They bring back a ton of warm memories, and I thought I'd share a few of the most interesting, the funniest and the sweetest for your entertainment.
"I am glad that you brought your mom to cross country meets. Just playing. (Well, I mean I like her.)" - he was a good friend, so this wasn't totally ridiculous
"Thanks for everything you've done for the school. (I do notice.) You have made it a better place." - football player that maybe ever said 2 words to me... his note meant a lot
"I can't believe it's over already. It only seems like yesterday I was over here at the lockers. If you haven't figured it out by now, it was you that I liked. :)" - yeah, I had figured it out by then. :)
"Call me when we are old and single and we'll get married, ok?" - always good to have a back-up plan
"Thank you for forgiving my past trespassings against you." - someone who was sweeter to me in high school than in middle school, but that happens... I still consider him a good friend now
"I'm sure one day when I'm a successful attorney I will run across something you have written in a magazine (maybe your own magazine) or a book (that maybe you wrote) and I'll remember the good ole days." - hmm, maybe I should get on this one
"I know I've given you a hard time about the 8th grade band award. But between you and me, you deserved it." - someone who did bring up that he hated that I beat him out for the award for the whole 4 years we were in high school
"Always remember the online chats, Waffle House, church, and that one stolen messed up kiss (what an awkward moment!)" - indeed, but I was glad we could laugh about it
"Call me if you ever need a shoulder to cry on or a ball to kick. Wait - I have 2! Even better." - hahahaha
"I'm glad you have big, beautiful blue eyes that make people stop in their tracks because then they notice me, too!" - :)
"Thank you for 12 years of smiles and and a wonderful and strong friendship. You are a true 'shoulder-companion.'" - someone I'd known since kindergarden
"PS - you will always know that we have kissed!" - guy I had to kiss in the musical we did our senior year
I think there are some real gems in my other yearbooks... in fact, I know some of my favorites are actually in my junior yearbook.
I kind of like pulling them out every now and then and reminiscing a bit. I don't wish to go back in time and relive those days, but at the same time there are way more happy memories than unhappy ones. I spent a lot of time with amazing people. I'm still close to my best friends from those days, and it's the nature of life that you lose touch with a lot of the others. But all of those people will always mean something to me.
And I suppose that's why we have reunions... to get together and remember those days when we spent all day 5 days a week together. To laugh over all the stuff we thought mattered then that we realize now really didn't. To celebrate that we had a season of life together.