Last week when I posted my College Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, I started reminiscing about my college days. Especially my freshman year of college and my wonderful roommate, Jen. We have stayed friends for 25 years, and I have such great memories of our time together at BYU.
I thought it would be fun to send her a 25-year anniversary care package as a surprise! I filled it with things to remind her of things we did together and personal jokes we shared. I layered the items so she would uncover them one by one, each with a little note on it. Here’s how it went:
On top was this note reminding her that we met 25 years ago, and leading into the other notes that explained what I learned from her.
Then I put in a bag of chocolate chip cookies made from the recipe she shared with me.
Next was a little flag with a reference to the John Birch Society, which I had never heard of before I met her.
A package of gum was next with a reference to how she used to chew her tongue all the time–a practice I thought was very strange. (Now my youngest daughter inexplicably does it).
Below that was a series of pictures that I scanned and had reprinted from our freshman year. They are mostly pictures of me walking through the door to our dorm room, or in other various unsuspecting, awkward poses. Jen thought it was hilarious to wait for me, camera in hand, to walk through the door. Then she would snap a picture and laugh like it was the funniest thing in the world. A lot of film was wasted on me freshman year.
Next was a CD featuring one of my favorite songs that Jen introduced me to. Before meeting Jen, I NEVER, EVER, listened to country music. I was a bit of a snob, in the tradition of Charles Emerson Winchester III from MASH. I played the cello and the piano, thank you very much. Country music was beneath me. Until I heard “Fishin’ in the Dark” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt band. Thus began my slow conversion to a country music neophyte.
Lastly, I included a coupon for ice cream. Jen introduced me to the “kissing code.” Whenever I would return from a date, she would ask me if I got any ice cream. What she was really asking is if I got kissed.
Finally, I put a note telling her how much she means to me and how much I love her at the bottom. Clipped to that were some more pictures of the two of us together freshman year.
It was so much fun to put this box together! If you want to make a roommate care package, too, consider adding any of the following things:
- A cd of music you used to listen to together. (I found mine at one of those trade-in stores for movies and music).
- Any type of makeup or hair product you used to use, or that your roommate introduced you to.
- A type of food (that will survive in the mail) that you used to eat together. Or a coupon for the food (like ice cream).
- A symbol of any classes you may have had together.
- A book you both had to read (or loved to read).
- Pictures of the two of you together.
- A DVD of a favorite movie.
Really, the possibilities are endless! Surprise your former roommate (or roommates) with a fun care package like this and bring back great memories for both of you!
What would you add to a care package? Leave your ideas in the comments!