Ah, to be young and feel love's keen sting.
I think it's safe to say most of us passed a love note at one point or another in grade school.
Sure, our messages were never quite at the complex level of a sonnet by Cyrano de Bergerac. Heck, a typical note was probably just a ballot that asked,
Do you like me? Yes [ ] No [ ] Maybe [ ]
Needless to say, I frequently lost that popular vote.
By now, we've all gone through the loss of unrequited love and are familiar with rejection.
But this love note written by who appears to be a boy, and found by a teacher, is straight-up heartbreaking and infinitely relatable at the same time.
The note explains how sorry the writer is for making it "awkward for us to even talk to each other now." Woof.
He goes on to ask her to "pretend this never happened and be friends again."
I just had so many middle school flashbacks, I wouldn't be surprised if I regained my acne and debilitating social anxiety again (not to mention my unlimited supply of hideous sweatpants).
He finishes up the letter asking her if she'll be hanging out after school and adding two postscripts telling her she's shy and saying this won't be the worst thing you do. Good to know!
However, the thing that makes this note the absolute saddest thing you'll read?
Look at this hollow, empty smily face.
I know this kid is probably hurting, but I hope he takes some solace in the fact he had the bravery to ask out a girl who was also his friend.
My only note? Next time, avoid doodling smily faces in your correspondence. It's a major turnoff.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get rid of my acne that's currently making a fierce comeback.