Saturday, December 15, 2007

Christmas cards, a conversation and a hypothetical situation




You know in the life there are the name droppers and then there are the Christmas card droppers. The name droppers seem to drop names of people they know in conversations who are famous and/or beautiful and/or powerful and/or popular that they know, that they know them and are known by them and that they hang with them. I think you know what I mean. Then there are the christmas card droppers, people who put Christmas cards on their walls or houses or blogs of people that are famous and/or powerful and/or beautiful and/or popular. Well, I am guilty on both accounts. The Turner family sent US a Christmas card. They were the first. They won and look at 'em - they are famous, beautiful, powerful and popular. What a great Christmas card. We have gotten five Christmas cards this year, and we could have shown them all, but you know, the Turner's won so congratulations! When our second card came, from the Abrams family, I looked at the stamp and exclaimed aloud, "Wow, it only take 90 cents to mail this Christmas card to Zambia." And this was true for the next 2 cards we got from the McDowells and the Lawrences. So, then a thought occurred to me. (I think I may be missing one or two who also sent us a card). I said aloud, "I wonder if my family and friends know this. I should do a blog about this so they know how easy it is to send cards to us." It was as this moment that my Stephanie shrieked back in horror (a little exageration always helps in writing) that I wouldn't dare put that on the blog because it would appear, you know, rude or something not good. But, this is my line of reasoning that I explained to her: I used to help Stephanie send out Christmas cards every year, and of course we had friends in the stack that were from far away, like Scotland or Russia or New Zealand or whereever, and the thought of going to the post office to find out how much and buying extra stamps was just overwhelming to me (I know, that is pathetic but 'tis the season) and so my poor, detailed, organized wife would end up doing it when she had a chance. All that to say, if I would have known, for example, in a hypothetical situation, that if I had a friend in Zambia, and I knew it only cost 2 extra stamps to send to Zambia our Christmas card, I wouldn't have gotten stressed out. I wouldn't have needed to go to the post office, I could have in this hypothetical situation, put the extra 2 stamps on our cards, got the correct address like this one for example: ACTION ZAMBIA C/O Steve Allen P/B 230 X Ridgeway Lusaka, Zambia and then, just put it in the mail box like the other ones. Heck, my girls could have done it. It could have been easy schmeasy if someone would have just told me. I didn't know it was that easy, but now I know, albeit, a bit late. If someone would have just told me. Have a great Christmas. (This expressed written blog is not necessarily that which all the members of this house agree with as written and should be taken hypothetically at best.)

6 comments:

mollyllilja said...

OHH YES!!! Thank you! I waas just doing our Christmas cards this afternoon, and was like, "uhg how many stamps for Zambia, I am going to have to go to the post office, and that just never happens and its going to take 6 months to get to Zambia, so on top of the 6 months it is going to take me to get the correct postage and get it on the card..." well you know! So, THANKS... but it will probably still be late;)
Molly

mollyllilja said...

OHH YES!!! Thank you! I waas just doing our Christmas cards this afternoon, and was like, "uhg how many stamps for Zambia, I am going to have to go to the post office, and that just never happens and its going to take 6 months to get to Zambia, so on top of the 6 months it is going to take me to get the correct postage and get it on the card..." well you know! So, THANKS... but it will probably still be late;)
Molly

Anonymous said...

You're hilarious! ~Kerri

summerdub said...

So it looks like when our Valentine's Day Newsletter goes out in February I won't have to go to the post office... YES!

We love you guys!

Summer

Lisa said...

This comment is a little late-- but FYI the USPS website has all the rates on it! You just type in the addresses, to and from, and the type of item you'll be sending (postcard, letter, or package w/ weight) and it will tell you what the postage is! We use it every year for our international friends :)

Dave said...

A simple, We miss your xmas cards would have sufficed. :) I'm already getting it from my wife, I don't need it from my Brother as well. :)