Mail in Canada is only delivered to your door if you are one of The Chosen. Those would be the people living in higher density urban areas. The Unchosen, those of us living in the country or less densely populated areas, experience what are called super boxes. Canada Post has some sort of secret formula for placing these super boxes so they are the farthest point possible from all customers using them. These are our neighbourhood boxes.
When my boys were little they had a book called The Jolly Postman. They loved that book. Each page had a little envelope attached, and they never tired of pulling out the letters they contained. Apparently the guy delivering mail to our boxes never read The Jolly Postman. You could learn human anatomy just by listening to this poor fellow's litany of complaints. Judging by his constant need to talk about his aches and pains I would say the only body part that doesn't given him trouble is his tongue. One learns to time mail retrieval appropriately.
The best mail days are the ones when I open my little box and see a red key. The red key is Canada Post's version of an inverse Matryoshka doll. The key in the small box opens a bigger box. And the bigger box holds Parcels.
Usually my parcels are what you see above - books from Chapters or Amazon. Well, sometimes there might be a parcel with yarn in it too. I was somewhat surprised when I got the magic red key a few weeks ago and found a package I hadn't ordered. Even more surprising was the fact that this parcel did not contain books or yarn. Instead, it contained candy.
This isn't just any candy. This is the candy I have been eating every Easter since I was a kid. Last year when I headed South of 49 for Easter I was looking forward to my annual indulgence, only to discover that they had packaged the candies minus the jelly beans. I realize we are in the midst of an economic crisis, but this was one cost cutting measure that had gone too far. I promptly flashed off an email to the Russell Stover candy company suggesting they return the jelly beans, and just as promptly forgot all about it.
So here, one year later, was a parcel with two of my beloved candies with jelly beans along with a letter saying:
"I wanted to let you know the milk chocolate and green butter bon Coconut Nests with jelly beans that you remember will be available in all of our Russell Stover retail stores and online at www.rusellstover.com through Easter. We value loyal customers like you and hope you enjoy the enclosed, complimentary coconut nests as a sign of our appreciation."
There is a certain amount of shame in knowing the result of the only successful letter writing campaign I have undertaken was the return of jelly beans. Not enough to keep me from eating the candy though.