Rosemarie Urquico




She is a writer from the Philippines, currently living in Baguio City.

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Sometimes, I pass by my old haunts and am struck by the force of memory. Places I haven’t been to years or haven’t really thought about in years either. Like the parking lot beside the old bar we used to commute to, the bar itself, standing on the sidewalk with a man named L— and laughing at the speeding cars on the highway.

It’s inevitable to walk along the same stretch of road as a teenager, the

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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
Rosemarie Urquico

“با دختري باید دوست شوی که کتاب بخواند .
با دختري دوست شو که پولش را به جاي لباس خرج کتاب کند ، دختري که ليست بلندي از کتاب‌ها را براي خواندن تهيه کرده است . دختري که کارت کتابخانه سالهاي کودکيش را هنوز با خود دارد دختري را پيدا کن که اهل خواندن باشد تشخيص‌اش سخت نيست حتماً هميشه در کيفش کتابي براي خواندن دارد. کسي که به کتابفروشي،عاشقانه نگاه کند و پس از يافتن کتابي که مدت ها در جستجويش بوده،اشک شوق در چشمانش حلقه زند کسي که بوي کاغذ کاهي يک کتاب قديمي، برانگيخته‌اش کند. با دختري دوست شو که اگر در کافه منتظرت ماند،انتظارش را با خواندن کتاب پر کند حتي اگر به دروغ،از خاطره مطالعه کتاب‌هاي بزرگي نام برد که هرگز نخوانده است،تشويقش کن.چرا که او لذت اغراق را در درک و فهم تجربه مي‌کند و نه زيبايي.با دختري دوست شو که کتاب بخواند. و براي تولدش و سالگرد آشنايي،و همه‌ي اتفاق‌هاي خوب،به او کتاب هديه بده. به او نشان بده که«عشق به کلمات»را مي‌فهمي و درک مي‌کني.به او نشان بده که مي‌فهمي که او فرق واقعيت و خيال را مي‌فهمد به او،حتي اگر دروغ بگويي،دروغ‌ گفتن‌ات را درک مي‌کند.او کتاب خوانده است. او مي‌داند که انسانها فراتر از واژه‌ها هستند و در رفتارشان،هزار انگيزه و ارزش و گريز ناگزير پنهان است.او لغزش و خطاي تو را بهتر از ديگران درک خواهد کرد با او،حتي اگر خطا کني،بهتر مي‌فهمد او کتاب خوانده است و مي‌داند که انسانها هرگز کامل نيستند.در کنار او اگر شکست بخوري،او مي‌فهمد او زياد خوانده است و مي‌داند که راه موفقيت،‌با شکست سنگفرش شده.او رويا پرداز نيست و با هر شکست،محکم‌تر از قبل کنارت مي‌ماند اگر با دختري دوست شدي که اهل خواندن بود، کنارش باش.اگر ديدي نيمه شب،برخاسته و کتابي در دست،گريه مي‌کند،در آغوشش بگير.برايش فنجاني چاي بياور.بگذار در دنياي خودش بماند با دختري دوست شو که اهل خواندن باشد. او برايت حرف‌هاي متفاوت خواهد زد و دنيايي متفاوت خواهد ساخت غم‌هاي عميق و شادي‌هاي بزرگ هديه خواهد آورد او براي فرزندانت نام‌هايي متفاوت و شگفت خواهد گذاشت.او به آنها سليقه‌اي متفاوت و متمايز هديه خواهد کرد او مي‌تواند براي فرزندانت تصوير زيبايي از دنيا بسازد.زيباتر از آنچه هست با دختري دوست شو که اهل خواندن باشد چون تو لياقت چنين دختري را داري تو لياقت داري با کسي دوست شوي که زندگيت را با تصوير‌هاي زيبا رنگ زند اگر چيزي فراتر از دنيا را مي‌خواهي، با دختري دوست شو که اهل خواندن باشد .
یا بهتر از آن ، با دختری دوست شو که می نویسد.”
Rosemarie Urquico

“Date a girl who reads”
Rosemarie Urquico

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