My heart was beating out of my chest.
I clutched the homecoming sign with my sweaty hands. I felt a little dumb–I’ll admit it– and a little out of place. No one else had a sign except for me.
I had spent at least a month thinking up, the narrowing down, ideas for the poster.
I had never done this before; never done the “homecoming” thing. I didn’t grow up in a military family, I barely knew anyone who served, and so I had gone to the internet. And on message boards and in pictures, it was clear: everyone had a sign.
So I made one too.
And now I stood in a MAC terminal just waiting for my fiance to show his face. The lone person with a poster.
Suddenly, John was walking out from behind frosted glass and I was in his arms, the sign all but forgotten as we hugged… and hugged… and kissed… and hugged more.
Once we pulled apart, he stepped back and looked at his poster. His face lit up.
Later we took selfies with it in the parking lot. Those photos are still treasured by both of us today.
The truth is, there’s no one typical homecoming experience. Everyone lives through something a little different. It might be in the middle of the night or during the day. The time might be moved up and changed every few hours, or you might know about the date and time for weeks on end. Sometimes it’s a huge homecoming; other times it’s more intimate. Maybe it takes place in a parking lot or on a pier or a terminal. Maybe everyone brings posters… or (like in my case) no one does.
Do what makes you happy. And if that means spending a ridiculous amount of time crafting a homecoming sign, more power to you. I totally get it.
Here’s all the homecoming sign inspiration you’ll ever need: