~Folded up, nice & tightly, & passed on to our readers by Chrissy~
When Alicia and I were in High School, passing notes throughout a school day was one of our favorite pastimes. We didn’t have many classes together. Of course, as you can well imagine, this meant there was a multitude of riveting and important information buzzing around our heads, which absolutely could not wait until lunch, or the bus ride home, for us to spill the beans on. We just had to put pen to paper, in between paying attention to what our teachers were saying, and compose pretty fantastic musings of all things important to a teenage girl.
Thanks to Alicia, and her amazing ability to hold onto things of sentimental value, a number of our highly engrossing and profound notes to one another have survived, unscathed, over the years. I have to tell you, I am insanely happy Alicia held on to them. It is an absolute hoot to look back at thoughts and contemplations of our lives back in High School. The photo below is a little peek at a note I wrote from back in April of 1992.
Looking back, there are a few key details I can remember from our note writing days:
1. You had to be very careful when passing notes in school. Not only could a teacher confiscate your note but it could very well get into the wrong hands, the consequence of which could be mortifying. Case in point, Molly Ringwald‘s character in Sixteen Candles. She was sharing secrets between friends in class when the very person she admitted to wanting to “do it” with, happens to get his hands on that very note! AHHHH….the teenage horror!!!! Maybe it was a lesson learned from seeing this movie, but at some point in time, Alicia and I began using pseudonyms for any of the guys we mentioned in our notes.
2. Folding a note to pass off was a definite art. We developed all sorts of ways to fold and seal a note in an oragami type way. In no way, shape, or form did this mean our notes resembled cranes or any other animal. We just wanted our notes to be as small as possible and to stay closed until opened willingly.
3. From time to time, writing the note was a thing of creatvity and imagination. There were lots of different ways to change-up a note. We would write all the words backwards or draw pictures instead of words. I particularly delighted in writing them in a spiral pattern forcing Alicia to turn the paper around as she would read it!
I’m not sure if kids these days still pass notes in school. I would imagine text messaging and emails have replaced, or at least, greatly decreased the use of notes to communicate with friends during school. I will always hold onto a fondness for the art of passing notes, but I can’t help but admit if we had the technology kids have at their disposal these days, we would have been all over it!
Besides Birthday or Special Occasion cards, it has been years since I actually sent Alicia a letter in the mail. The last time was probably in college. Email is so much more convenient and instantaneous. My note took almost a week to reach her! This is largely due to the fact that I, having been inspired by this post, folded it up nice and tightly, like we did in High School. The US Postal service doesn’t do well with strange, bulky and odd-shaped letters! It did finally get there though and let me tell you she was very surprised and tickled pink about it!
Having read this post, I would like to challenge you to send a friend your own handwritten note! I don’t know about you but I think It is always fun to surprise your friends. The more unique the surprise, the better, and your friend will never expect something like this to show up in their mailbox. Be sill, be dorky and make your BFF’s day!!!