My Blogging Secret Santa absolutely hit the nail on the head.
I got the email from my college’s mail service that I had a package, and I went to pick it up. It contained Paper Towns by John Green.
John Green was a large fixture in my younger adolescence. He was a huge role model for me–he got me into making video blogs which later sent me to VidCon–and was one of the reasons I’m back into reading and writing after I’d lost interest.
Paper Towns, coincidentally, was the first book of his that I read. I’ve been meaning to go back and reread it, though, since I remember how much it inspired me then but can’t remember exact plot points. Plus, it’s becoming a movie in the not overly distant future.
I’ve actually misplaced the copy of the book I had at home (does Julia have it? Possibly), so now I’m back to having every John Green book on my bookshelf. The world has restored its order.
I expected that would be all. A humble, but thoughtful Secret Santa gift.
The next day I got another email asking me to come pick up a package.
My Secret Santa gift already came, I thought, What could this be?
This time the package was a box, not a padded envelope. Serious business, you guys.
I opened it and found a super awesome book-themed travel mug inside.
Well. Now I do. But I didn’t. And I needed one. So my Secret Santa came through for me.
A note inside the package revealed her name, so I can thank her properly :)
Thank you so much Emily! Your gift matches me perfectly. I’m excited to connect with you via social media in the next month & beyond!