In the last week, I have gone to the library every afternoon to check my new Facebook for messages. Yesterday, my identity thief finally replied! She wrote:
“Hello Ms. Loredan! First, let me start by saying I never intended to use the alias of a real person for my class project. I thought you were purely fictional! We were to chose an alias for our class blog and you were my favorite character in my favorite book, which is why I am using your identity. I had no idea you were actually real! And believe me when I say that I would never destroy a book out of malicious intent. You see, my class just read Fahrenheit 451, a book by Ray Bradbury that deals with the destruction of books. For our project, we were to destroy our own copy and write an artist’s statement discussing how we felt about it. Perhaps you should look at my project for yourself? Maybe then you will know my intentions were good.”
Sarah sent me two files: a video and an artist’s statement. Despite my better judgement, I looked at them both. It was painful to watch that poor book get destroyed (and I could only think of my own copy safe at home!) but now I understand where this student is coming from. I feel much better knowing my identity is only being used for a school project – the price I pay for letting that woman write about me all those years ago! Although, I must say it’s nice to hear I’m someone’s favorite character!