I don’t make a habit of looking through my old yearbooks. My senior picture still causes me great dismay. How on earth did my parents let me out of the house with that rainbow-colored dress? Anyway, a couple of days ago I ran into someone I went to high school with who now plays tennis with my husband, so I looked him up in the yearbook. It was fun looking at old photos and seeing how much we’ve all changed.
It was even more fun seeing how different things were back then, without social media and 24/7 news. From where I sit now, it is easy to tell myself it was a simpler time. One where we had to get our information from the library, evening news, books, newspaper, or other people. The advantages were freedom from feeling like we had to know everything, and less time spent glued to a screen. The disadvantages were the lack of resources or understanding about conditions that were kept in the closet, like mental illness, eating disorders, alcoholism, or drug abuse.
The fun part of looking through my yearbook was reading the things people said when they signed it. This one is my favorite, and reminds me to add one more thing to my list of things I used to do back then: