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I've been writing a daily column since 2000, and book club reader Bonnie Roberge just may have been reading with me that long, because she remembers my column about a reader who wrote to me about changing the toilet paper.
Bonnie wrote: "Suzanne, I know you mentioned [in an old column] that one of your special roles in life was to change the toilet paper. I seem to be the one in my household who always gets that chore, but I think your gift and special role in life is just to make people's days a little brighter, and to make them feel treasured and special. You do a fabulous job of it. Thank you."--Bonnie Roberge
Thank you for the kind words Bonnie. I dug back and found the humorous TP column, and to make the day even more fun, I'm giving away a 20-roll package of Scott TP (my favorite). Don't be shy. It's a giveaway that everyone can use. To enter the TP giveaway send an email with your mailing address to Suzanne@EmailBookclub.com
I had an epiphany in the bathroom the other day and it reminded me of an email I received from a book club reader years ago. I'd written a column about finding my purpose in life, and the reader wrote to share how one of her life's frustrations, had also become one of her callings in life. Every time she used a bathroom she faced an empty toilet paper roll, so she'd have to change it, and it drove her crazy. "How could people be so rude? Use the last few squares and then not replace the roll?"
Even when this woman was on vacation touring a castle in Europe, and she had to use the bathroom--even there--she faced an empty toilet paper roll. But the TP gods shined down upon her that day and opened her eyes to the fact that everyone has assignments in this life, tasks they are asked to do to make the world run a little smoother, and one of her assignments was to change the toilet paper roll. So she joyfully accepted her assignment that day, and now whenever she faces an empty TP roll, she cheerfully changes it. "Though I do wish folks wouldn't hide the extra rolls," she said, "sometimes I have to do a lot of digging through bathroom cupboards and vanities to find the toilet paper."
Changing the toilet paper roll--someone's calling in life? Not too glamorous you might say, but aren't you happy that when you need it, someone's made sure it's there?
The TP gods were busy again the other day handing out assignments and I was on the receiving end. When Consuelo, the woman who cleans my house, cleans the bathroom, one of the special things she does is leave behind a fancy V-fold on the end of the toilet paper roll. Strange as it may sound, it makes me feel kind of special when I see the fancy fold waiting for me--like I'm queen for a day. So the other day after Consuelo left, when I looked over at the TP roll, I decided that from now on whenever I leave a necessary room, perhaps one of my "callings" is to leave a fancy fold behind. Kind of like paying for the car behind me at the tollbooth, the next person will undoubtedly smile and feel like queen or king for a day, too.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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