Brown paper packages on their way to the post office
Photo: Chronica Domus
Dear On-Line Seller,
Thank you so much for mailing my porcelain tureen to me. Yes, it did arrive safely, but only just.
You see, I was away from my office the day it was delivered and a kindly work colleague received the package on my behalf. She quickly informed me via email that a frozen cake had arrived, and that said cake was now in the freezer of our work's kitchen. She had attached a note to the box informing the janitors (who clean and empty our refrigerator/freezer at the end of the week), not to remove the cake until the date of my return, which was at least a week away.
I was now agog to know who would possibly send me a frozen cake through the United States Postal Service, and more importantly, why. It was not my birthday, nor was it my wedding anniversary. I was not celebrating anything to warrant a cake. My head was spinning trying to extract the answer from my ever-failing brain.
Come Monday morning, bright and early, I settle into my office and soon remember the cake. Down the hallway I trot, towards the kitchen. I open the refrigerator door and there it was, my frozen cake, tucked into the little freezer compartment, waiting to be devoured. I make my way back to my desk and attempt to open the icy box. Upon closer examination, and to my utter astonishment, I quickly deduce that this is no frozen cake. This is my recently purchased item, delivered to me in someone else's frozen cake box.
Please, please, dear On-Line Seller, next time you choose to recycle (admirably) a frozen cake box to mail one of your sold items, do remember the importance of wrapping said box in plain old-fashioned brown paper. That way, there will be no confusion on the receiving end of things.
In this case, no harm was done, and a good chuckle ensued between myself and my work colleague on relaying the story of the box's contents to her. I can only imagine the disaster waiting to happen if anything other than impervious sturdy porcelain, that can withstand Arctic temperatures, was held within.
My French porcelain tureen
Photo: Chronica Domus
This is indeed a true story, and it happened to me just recently. I thought you too would appreciate the amusement in this cautionary tale, and procure a roll of old-fashioned brown paper the next time you find yourself mailing an item in a cardboard box printed with instructions to "KEEP CONTENTS FROZEN".