........ to that birthday package I sent to my mother. It took a rather long trip to get to her. More on that in a minute. Here's what was in the package............ I found this cute vintage planter at Antiques and Uniques back in July. The minute that I spotted it, I knew it was the perfect gift for my mother for her birthday. She loves deer and when the time came to sell the home that she and my dad had enjoyed living in, one of the hardest things to part with were the two lawn deer that they had in the yard (those cement ones that you can get at garden centers). A cousin, Coral, liked the deer so my mother gave them to her. Now my mom can drive past Coral's house and see "her" deer. When I saw this planter, I thought of those deer.
So, what funny thing happened to the package? Well, I mailed the deer package on Monday, August 23rd. I sent the little box First Class and I sent a cared in a separate envelope. Both were only going a couple hundred miles to Iowa so I knew they would get there by Wednesday, August 25th, her birthday. The card arrived that day, but no package. Again on Thursday, no package. I was sure it would show up on Friday but again, no package. My mom suggested I should call the local post office and see if it was there and just hadn't been delivered. The nice postmistress said "no, not here" but she took the insurance receipt number and entered it in the computer (I couldn't track it myself as it wasn't a "signature required package") and then told me the package had left Des Moines at 12:18 that day. I said "wow, it took that long to go from Minnesota to Iowa?" Even she was surprised it took that long, so she offered to check further and that's when she discovered that when the package left Minneapolis it was sent to Wharton, Pennsylvania!!! No wonder it wasn't arriving in Iowa on time! She said the package had been "misdirected". It sure was! Who knows why it went east as there is nothing in the address for my mother that even remotely resembles "Wharton, PA".
Now, is there a happy ending to this "deer" tale? Yes, there is because on Saturday afternoon the mailman delivered the little package to my mother's door. She loved the planter just like I knew she would. All's well that ends well. :-)
Thanks for all the comments/birthday wishes for my "Mother's Birthday Giveaway" post. Winner will be drawn late Tuesday evening.
Have a lovely Sunday!