|You can practically hear her exclaiming, "You shouldn't have!"|
But what if some douche-hat turned this phrase -- this harbinger of sentiment -- into a mockery, thereby marring its meaning for comedic effect?
Sally, the notorious hipster, is gifted a massive book entitled I Hate Hipsters, as her dear grandma looks on with a look of smug satisfaction; George, the biochemist, is given a membership to an online dating service, as his former college roommate struggles to cover up his muffled chuckles.
Guys, I'm going to be real: this idea is hilarious. Though it harbours massive potential for offending the people you care about, it's amazingly lulzy. It doesn't have to be directed to someone you really like -- maybe test the waters out on someone you merely tolerate, just to see how you like the renovations that have been made to this wonderful phrase. And then, if you feel comfortable enough, try it out on someone you care more about.
Make it a point to bastardize the phrase 'I saw this and thought of you' at least once in your lifetime -- no explanations or apologies, just straight up bastardization. I guarantee that the pros will far outweigh the cons.
Come on: do it just once. Just because.