Saturday, November 05, 2011

A true friend

When I was a freshman at the BYU, I lived in Heritage Halls. Our 6-girl apartment adjoined another 6-girl apartment. Basically, we shared a back-door exit and the dividing door between us and them ended up being open more often than it was closed. As a result, at times it seemed more like I had 11 roommates rather than just five. And would you believe me if I told you that I remain good friends with most of those 11 girls (now women)? It's true, though I can hardly believe it myself. But the ties you form during that first year at college are strong. Thanks to the internet, we can keep them that way.

What does this have to do with anything? I'll tell you. A while ago, I complained on my blog about the unavailability (later revealed to be more of a scarcity) of black beans in this country, nay, REGION. A few weeks later - last Sunday, to be exact - Jeremy received a large package in his office mailbox. It was an unusual enough occurrence that he gave me a call in my office to tell me about it. I at once could not, and yet absolutely could, believe it when he said it appeared to be a mass shipment of dry black beans from my old roommate Jen in Boston.

I opened up the package when I got home and sure enough:

Now, I happen to think that I have a lot of amazing friends who have done a lot of amazing things, some of them for my benefit. For example, another one of those freshman year roommates once met me at a park near the freeway in South Bend, Indiana on our way Out West to feed us lunch and have her kids play with my kids. Who even does that?? (Answer: Liz.) But I have to say that Jen shipping black beans across the world just so I wouldn't have to go without is possibly the most outlandishly generous thing anyone has ever done for me.

It's so generous, in fact, that I can't resist publicly calling her out and saying, THANK YOU. From the bottom of my black-bean-loving heart.


Liz Johnson said...

Um, yes. I feel now is the appropriate time for me to say that Jen once sent me a thing of peeled garlic from her grocery store because I stated my envy. She is, without a doubt, one of the kindest people I know.


(congrats on your black beans!)

Jen said...

awww, shucks.

No one should live a black-bean-less life, Bridget. No one.

(Same goes for pre-peeled garlic.)

Jennifer said...

I once received a birthday package from Jen filled with blown up balloons. Each balloon had a little note inside. Totally sweet--though I'm sure she spent WAY more to ship black beans to the UAE. She's a keeper, that Jen. :)

Katie said...

Man, that is true dedication.

JosephJ said...

Ahem. I happen to be somewhat of an expert on the awesomeness of Jen. Let me just say that she is on top of this world. She once sent me a box of confetti and birthday cake mix and a few birthday items across the ocean. She sent me about 70 4-page, 6pt font handwritten zero-margin letters when I had a particularly interesting 2-year overseas assignment. (LDS Mission!)

And now she has fed me dinner almost DAILY for more than 3000 days in a row.

She is a phenomenal person. Wish you all got to hang out with her more. :)


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