Several weeks ago, I asked her to write a letter (in English, of course!) using the new "fall" vocab we had been learning. I told her that she was writing to a person named Molly, who was someone that was very special to me and a good friend of mine. She thought the letter writing idea was a great idea, but didn't seem to care much as I launched into how Molly had the cutest little boy named Noah and how when we were in college we did all kinds of crazy/fun things and how I am so sad not to be able to see her every day.
But she worked hard on it! For almost 45 minutes! And then when it was time to write it up nicely, she wanted to make it extra pretty with fall colors.
When I first read it, and got to the "do you like Melissa?" question, I was greatly perplexed. What did this question have to do with fall?! It was like she was trying to sneakily include one of her personal wonderings without my knowing. But wait -- why was she doubting that someone I had described as "a special friend friend of mine" liked me?? So I asked.
Me: Roxane!?! Why did you ask her if she liked me?? I'M HER FRIEND!
R: well, you said she was your friend in college, does she still like you?
Me: OF COURSE SHE STILL LIKES ME!
R: well sometimes you stop liking your friends
At this point I didn't know whether to laugh because the conversation we were having was so funny, or whether to get angry at the apparent need of proving Molly's undivided love and friendship to me after all these years. So I resolutely stated, "Roxane. My friend Molly and I met in college and became good friends and we're STILL GOOD FRIENDS today even though I don't see her but once every two years."
She just looked at me blankly and then said, "ok." As if to say, "yeah right, I'll leave my question in the letter and see what Molly answers back."
Seeing the skeptical look on her face, I tried to further convince her, "and besides, even IF Molly didn't like me anymore, do you think she'd tell you in a letter that I am going to receive and that I am going to read first???"
She obviously thought so. Oh dear. I was greatly entertained.
So Flat, written affirmation that you STILL like me is needed here in Rennes!! :)