Our Third Roommate

For those of you who know us in person and have been over to our apartment, this might come as a bit of a schock: We do, in fact, have a third roommate.

He’s just invisible.

My roommate moved in two years ago, so we had to change the name tags on our mailbox. Her last name is Albrecht, mine is von Dessien. 

We took out the old tag and replaced it with the new one, that’s it. 


Only a few months later someone made us aware of this interesting combination of names. Since “Albrecht” can be used both as a first and last name, we suddenly had an extra roommate. 

This is how Albrecht became part of our lives. 

We invented him to be an elderly man who came by once in a while to change up our apartment. 

And he received letters, of course. 

Whenever either one goes away on holiday, we send home postcards, and they’re addressed to Albrecht von Dessien.

So far, no mailman has complained, so Albrecht really seems to live here.

Welcome to Day 22 of 31 Days of Mundane Narratives! For the month of October I will be a storyteller. Together with a few friends we will browse the forgotten photos in our galleries and tell the stories that are so often lost in busyness.
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Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

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