Today I was the recipient of happy mail. Following Twitter over the last few days, I had already seen some lovely happy mail from Germany reach all over the world. Now it was my turn, and I was laughing as much as I was oohing and aahing over the lovely surprises Kate put into the envelope.
Oh sigh… if Guy doesn’t warm your heart, then who will? Mr Thornton, I guess 😉. Kate has written about her project happy mail HERE, and I can only say that it definitely was a huge success with me. Thank you for the gorgeous goodies. Those mini cards are in my wallet already.
Guy will be guarding my wealth with eagle eyes, I am sure. The book mark is perfect for my new note book with Ani’s magnificent drawing of RA. I’ll keep the “I am your master now” reminder in there, too. And those bon-bons? I might actually turn one of them into a brooch.
Happy mail is the keyword of the day. With the kitchen project almost done (I didn’t tackle the cupboard today – I actually had translation work to do *hooray*), I have applied myself to finishing three shrines that I had started recently. When Kate’s happy mail arrived, an idea came to me. I thought of our Italian fan sisters and how we all RT’d that message of solidarity the other day. It’s a lovely gesture, and it certainly is true for me that I am thinking of Italy every day when I look at the latest covid19 stats. (I was delighted to read in that context that Germany will take in patients that will be flown to Germany from Italy. That is European solidarity!) However, I feel that I would like to do more than just tweet my solidarity. I am under no illusion that what I am doing is nothing but distraction and silly entertainment, but if I can temporarily cheer someone up, then that is good, right? So, instead of raffling the shrines, I am going through my address list and I will “letter-bomb with love” my unsuspecting Italian fan sisters.
I’m lucky that I have access to a number of addresses thanks to previous raffles, or badge shipments, or auctions. However, I was thinking how cool it would be if we had a list of addresses of Italian fan sisters (who’d be willing and interested to be cheered up with happy mail) to whom we could send personal messages of love and solidarity. Not just me but others, too. They have been under lockdown since March 9, 2020. Not sure whether that is possible or even wanted. I am aware of the usual privacy concerns, of course. I’m just putting it out there… Maybe one of them will chime in.
[Careful, rant following. Skip three paragraphs down if you want to avoid.] So, the first three shrines are on their way now. Not without problems, though. After 6 days inside, I ventured out to the post office today after having received assurance from one of our Italian fan sisters on Twitter that they are still receiving mail. At the post office, I felt as if I was a character in a dystopian novel – with the customers waiting the mandatory 2 metres apart and the radio in the background making safety announcements. “Maintain physical distancing. Wash your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with people outside the home.” When it was my turn, I placed my package on the scale. The postmistress asked me where the package was going, and I answered Italy. She turned on me really rudely as if I was personally handing her the virus and informed me that Italy is in lockdown and no mail is sent there. I replied that I’d like to buy the stamps regardless so that I could send it once the mail service worked again. She scoffed and told me that she didn’t know when that would be. I paid, and as she printed out the stamps, I noticed a large poster over the counter that listed all the countries that currently cannot receive any mail. Italy was not listed there. When I pointed out to her, “Oh, but Italy is not mentioned on your list here?”, she rudely dressed me down with an aggressive “There is no mail going to Italy, Italy is in lockdown”, as if I was a dumb eejit. I admit, I kind of snapped at that, and sarcastically barked at her “thank you, I have heard that in the news” and left. (Daft cow. She’s always this rude. It’s not the first time that I felt treated like shit by her.) Suffice to say that I didn’t believe the woman and checked the website of our national mail service. Under the list of suspended services it says, “Customers can still send mail to Italy & Spain, although you should expect delays in delivery.” An Post’s twitter account confirmed to me on request that the info on the website was correct and regularly updated. So I stuck the stamps on, marched to the mailbox across the street from my house, and sent the letters on their way. Honestly – if anybody in the world needs some cheering up by way of post right now, it’s the people in the countries most affected. How dare this postmistress snub me like that? Grah.
Ok, breathe, Sonja, and now get to the fun part. The shrines were not sent on their way without the customary photo session. Today I bring you the first.
Three guesses who this shrine is made for…
The gorgeous doctor. Yes, still growing.
Still room for improvement in terms of his treatment of women, if I may say so…
No need for improvement for Richard, though.
Professionally speaking, haha.
There we are. Celebrating a play (and an actor) that received great praise. We can but hope that it will finish its run at a later date. And that the whole world may breathe again, soon, too. The shrine comes with a couple of candles, some extra goodies – and lots of love to the recipient. I hope the delays won’t be too long.