Yesterday I mailed three boxes.
The first box contained a Christmas gift. I purchased the gift in July, wrapped it in September and mailed it in October. I have notified the recipient not to open it when it arrives but to wait until December.
The second box contained a blessing. On Saturday a very colorful garage sale sign caught my eye and I followed the bright arrows. Driving past the address I got a quick look at the merchandise being offered. It looked like it was mostly used clothes. After making a u-turn I was able to pull in front of the garage and see the owner had laid out a king sized sheet to display over sized books. Treasure was waiting and very reasonably priced. Scooping up four art books and getting change back for a five dollar bill I was on my way again. Fitting nicely in a free USPS Priority Mail box these happy gifts will arrive in a week or so.
The third box contained memories in the form of foot long sections of madrone and olive tree. The Madrone tree was felled on our property in the Santa Cruz mountains. It grew behind the family log cabin and was harvested last year for fire wood. The olive wood was harvested just last week from the tree my husband planted in our back yard for my birthday 5 years ago. The sections are on their way to a master craftsman to be made into custom pens for me. They will be number six and seven in my collection of handcrafted writing instruments.
At the post office counter the patient government employee asked me the standard questions.
“Anything fragile, liquid, hazardous or explosive?” ”No,” I answered.
“How would you like to send these?” “Slow boat”, I said. “No hurry.”
As he finished weighing and stamping the first box and reached for the second he told me it was cheaper to send it Priority than it would be in a normal category. Surprise treasure can be heavy.
The third box contents shifted as he put it on the scales. But he never questioned it’s size or the odd distribution of weight. Stamped, paid and tossed into the big bin behind the counter the boxes are headed south, east and north.
There are so many options at the post office counter. Priority…Express…2 Day…Next Day…Air Mail…Special Delivery…Insured…Certified…Return Receipt Requested…
The faster the service the more it costs. Having plenty of time or no deadline at all made it less expensive to send these boxes. Do you have time to save money? Or do you pay a premium for last minute transactions?
An old adage says “haste makes waste”. It also costs extra.