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    An Ode To A Younger Shia LaBeouf

    Go with me on this journey to revisit Shia circa 2000-2007.

    Please, gather 'round. Close your eyes, sit down, and think back to a time long ago when Shia LaBeouf looked like this.

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    Or this, actually. Even better.

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    A time when Shia sported shirts with well-endowed squirrels on them.

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    A time when he was thoughtful enough to show his fans, quite literally*, that times were good. Times were great.

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    *Surf's up + Thumbs up = I love my fucking life.

    When he kissed cheeks enthusiastically and wore ball caps with handprints on them.

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    Shia was precious. I mean, look at those locks!

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    Look at how he holds that small bag of popcorn!

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    He was so incredibly awkward, like most people during puberty and we loved him for it.

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    Was there anyone more adorable and more hilarious than Younger Shia??? No.

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    No, there was not. Look at what a gentleman he was! Fixing ties and wearing pinstripe suits and such.

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    He was casual. He was relaxed. LAID-BACK, EVEN??

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    Even Ben Affleck appreciated him and wanted to show the world!

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    THIS was HIS TIME. You know pre-acid, pre-wiener showing, pre-plagerism;

    when his clothes didn't fit him right and he let his curly hair flow!!

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    Remember?? That window of time before the paparazzi soiled his soul!!??

    Shia was a sweet, sweet boy! He gave forehead kisses and wore undershirts.

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    He probably said things like "I'm me and I'm unique."

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    He was basically Disney Channel's wonder boy!

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    Take this moment, for example. It was so innocent and so darling. It was the year it all began, 2005. Or the year something began. *

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    *Maybe, the year something ended??

    Remember when he didn't take himself seriously yet and red carpet events were fun!? Almost enjoyable??

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    When he thought UGG boots were man's greatest gift to this world!

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    When he would look through his belt buckle and you would laugh and think "Why didn't I do that with my belt buckle??"

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    When his polka-dotted clothes made you jump for joy, internally!

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    All those times he used to put his awards in his mouth! That was funny, Shia. Bravo!

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    When he made eye goggles at his premieres and he was just as beautiful as ever!

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    NEVER FORGET. YOU WERE LOUIS STEVENS.*

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    *ALL GIRLS, EVERYWHERE, WANTED TO BE YOUR LADY!

    We know the Shia in this photo still exists!

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    We miss you and your old ties!

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    We miss when you'd chuckle on the red carpets instead of being a serious Susan.

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    We miss this large, redonculous hat that didn't even fit your head!*

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    *Also, this Screech shirt.

    There was hope in your eyes! The future was in your hands!

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    Come back to us, young lad. Come back to us.

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