Junior high is an awkward and life-changing time that every preteen gets to experience.You experience emotions that your little sheltered elementary brain couldn’t even fathom.
I was fortunate enough to experience this time in my life before technology set in and raised the standard for hurtful girls and sexually frustrated boys (and vice versa). I like to think that Junior High is still that “innocent” vessel to high school. But we all know that isn’t how it is these days. Which is a bummer.
So picture this: Junior High Maddie.
I consisted of Dickies Jeans, short hair, and caring too much what the mean girls thought. I thought I was going to be the next Disney Channel star. I was still innocent enough and really didn’t do anything crazy. My weekends were filled with mom, dad and Maddie time. Daily weekend breakfast in the morning with the parents to inform them of ALL OF THE CRAZY DRAMA at school and honestly no other recollection of any daily weekend activities. Which now that I think about it, that’s pretty sad. I actually once told my parents that I knew everything I needed to know about life (and they have never let me forget that).
But I stumbled upon Junior High gold. Before unlimited texting and data plans was the era of NOTE PASSING.
I was convinced I was in love. It’s funny to think how I still, as a conscious 23 year old, think I am in love when I know that I am not. I fantasized that I would be marrying these boys. It’s hysterical what a few scribbled hearts and a neatly folded note will do to a girl. There are quite a few hilarious love notes that I got teary eyed and all nostalgic just reading but there are two that really hit the nail on the head when it came to my experience as a preteen in love.
The boy’s name was James Cameron. He was cute, sweet, and about my height. I remember thinking that he was really smart. I distinctly remember getting so excited for passing period because that was when I got to exchange our love notes to each other.
“Hey You! I tried to fold this the way you do. 🙂 Well…It’s fine with me if we go out.I like you a lot and I think it’ll work out. Well…I’m going to close this note =) -James Cameron”
Okay, so let’s break this down. One, I asked him out. Two, his response.. “It’s fine with me if we go out,” a pity acceptance. I should have known then it wasn’t going to work out. Third, “I think it’ll work out.” The best part of this is I am positive when I got it I was probably the happiest girl in the world.
“Maddie. I think it’s great that we’ve been hanging out. I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really like you. and I love you also. Ummm… Did you watch American Idol. I didn’t. Ummmm….I’m in history rite now and its really boring…Ummm….oo… What’s ur # (phone) and sn?? I got your friend request and I sed yes! Umm… I really can’t think of anything else to write. Well… I don’t have much to say. ❤ James XOXO”
Alright, so 75 percent of the note consisted of the word “really”. No really it did, 14 of them. I was probably getting butterflies reading every single one of them too. But not only did he really X14 like me but he LOVED me. He blasted me with the L word and to follow up with it he asked if I watched American Idol. My favorite part of this note though is that we hadn’t even exchanged digits yet before becoming boyfriend and girlfriend. I love how he had to specify what # he was talking about with (phone). Oh and we can’t forget the SN or Screen Name… #throwback.
Nowadays the youngins have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and a bunch of other social media sites to successfully “fall in love” with one another. I can’t help but worry about my future kids and what the heck they’ll be getting into when they enter the scary place called Junior High.
For now, I get to look back on all these notes and smile because of the memories and laughs. Boy did I think I was in love.
Lastly, big shout out to James Cameron… wherever you are! Thank you for the Junior High Lovin’.