12 (Truthful) Thank-yous for my Roommate

12 (Truthful) Thank-yous for my Roommate

Sites like Odyssey feature posts like “12 Things to Thank your Roommate For” is “13 Reasons You and Your Roomie are Basically a Couple.” Well, these are sweet and all, but they’re not nearly as relatable as you’d think… at least not for my roommate and me, being rather odd, creative souls. And so, inspired to one-up Odyssey and to give my roommate the shoutout she deserves, I thought I’d make my own list:

12 (Truthful) Thank-yous for my Roommate:

1. Thank you for letting me move in with you out of the blue to escape a rather unfortunate situation.

2. Thank you for understanding when I eat your chocolates that it’s a necessity.

3. Thank you for quoting me on your Tumblr; it keeps me humble and will remind posterity that I was indeed always this awkward.

4. Thanks for being my personal iPhone photographer. (See any good photos on my social media? They’re by my roommate.)

5. Thanks for bringing me towels when I bring umbrellas or phones or any other random item to the dorm shower instead and find my forgetful self utterly stranded.

6. Thanks for not letting me use knives for any and all purposes. My mother really appreciates this one.

7. Thank you for checking out my dates and being always on the lookout for red flags. (And for tolerating my giggles after a good evening.)

8. Thanks for letting my friends become your friends and completing my little circle.

9. Thank you for all of the hugs; I forget about them and am terribly awkward, but I need them as much as anyone else.

10. Thanks for not complaining about my constant dancing and singing and puns. Really, you deserve a crown in heaven for this.

11. Thank you for letting me throw story and character ideas at you randomly and helping me sort them out; you are definitely made to be a creative writing teacher.

12. Finally, thank you for having my back and being my closest friend during these past three years. This one is cliché and cheesy, but it had to be said.

Please share this letter!

Please share this letter!

No, this is not some “reblog to solve a major world crisis” post and you won’t end up with bad luck for a year if you don’t share. Odds are that if you ignore this altogether, nothing bad will result. However, I truly am asking you, my fellow lover of books, to share this post because it contains a letter that needs to be sent, but I do not know the name of the recipient.

 

I should explain myself. I was at the university fitness center this evening and, having no “brain candy” books on hand (I am entrenched in school reading), was planning to just watch Netflix while burning off some energy. However, as I was passing a woman working out nearby, I saw it: a glorious, glossy book titled The Night Circus, a book I had been dreaming of reading for nearly a month now but had not been able to find in my local Barnes and Noble.

 

“Is that book good?” I asked on a whim.

 

We proceeded to chat for a moment and she said that she would ask if there was another copy at the store where she purchased it and let me know. A few minutes later, as we were both concluding our individual workouts, she came over and handed the book to me.

 

“A gift,” she said, explaining that she could easily obtain another copy.

 

I tried to protest, but, being the bookworm that I am, could not but accept in awe that someone would willingly give such a beautiful and brand new book to a perfect stranger. But, then again, perhaps kindred spirits can be found even in strangers.

 

That said, in my excitement, I did not ask the woman her name. For all I know, she is not even a student or a professor at my school but some majestic book angel sent from libraries above. Of course, that seems just a little bit far-fetched, so I thought that I would attempt to find and thank her through my blog. So, if your readers’ heart is so inclined, please repost to share the following note and help me thank this kind stranger.

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Dear Book-giver,

 

I truly cannot thank you enough for your generosity! To give such a lovely (not to mention bestselling!) book to a complete stranger at the gym of all places was wonderful. It may not have seemed like much to you, but to me, a stressed-out undergrad who genuinely needed a pleasure read, it was a gesture of grace. I have been wanting to read this book for so long, as I told you, and I can hardly wait to begin! I do hope you are able to get another copy soon; I would feel dreadful to have cost you the chance to enjoy this book which The Boston Globe assures me is “a showstopper”. I am so sorry that I was unable to thank you properly in person or even ask your name (I was a bit distracted trying not to sound out of breath or fall off the elliptical machine), but perhaps this blog post and note will reach you somehow. After all, Biola University is not a very large school. Again, thank you so very much! Your gift made my day and encouraged me as I head into a crazy week and semester.

 

Blessings and books to you!

 

Joyfully,

Ryanne J. McLaren