After being accepted to University of Richmond, I filled out my roommate questionnaire and prayed for a tall roommate. I wanted a tall roommate because I am so short and can’t reach anything up high. In the middle of the summer, I received my roommate assignment. All that was listed on the sheet was her name and where she was from: Meredith from Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. We talked on the phone to get to know each other a little bit and to divide up who would bring what for our dorm room. She seemed really nice and I was excited to meet her. Not once did either one of us ask what the other looked like. I guess that just wasn’t important.
On move-in day, this 6’3’’ beautiful woman with the longest legs walked through the threshold of my dorm room. I prayed for a tall roommate, but tall to me was 5’7’’. God came through big and gave me a woman taller than my father!! Not only is she tall, but she loves sports just as much as I do. She also really enjoyed listening to music and we had a morning ritual of jammin’ out to some tunes while getting ready every morning. We didn’t have the same classes or the same group of friends, but the two of us became fast friends. Our late night conversations before bed were often the best part of the day because we had so much to catch each other up on. Hoops was a wonderful roommate.
Sophomore year, we both decided to spread our wings and room with other people. We quickly realized that we missed being together and decided to room together for the remainder of our years on campus. We reunited and it felt so good.
At University of Richmond, all the roommates that lived together for four years received a steak dinner at the end of senior year. Since Meredith and I skipped one year, we were not eligible for the free steak dinner. We were always kind of bummed about this. A couple weeks ago, when she was in town, we decided to pretend like it was 2004 and go for our steak dinner.
We each had steak and then walked up to the cupcake place to grab some dessert.
Before we feasted, we hung out in my condo chatting. As we were about to walk out the door, I realized I should brush my hair to look a little more presentable. Meredith kindly offered to brush it for me. This is significant because Meredith would always do my hair for my big sorority functions. I guarantee you anytime my hair looked nice in college it was thanks to my roommate. The range of motion in my arm is somewhat limited, so consequently, so are my hairstyles. Meredith always wanted to make sure I looked my best and did my hair on many occasions.
A day with Meredith in town would not be complete without a little shopping. My condo is surrounded by shops, so we hopped into a few, purchased some goodies, and she headed on home.
I will always refer to Meredith as “my roommate”. I haven’t had another one since and would like to keep it that way.