Surprise in the mail!

I have a list of people I need to call: to say hello, to catch up, to wish happy birthday, to congratulate, to find out what they said on my voicemail two months ago. I usually eke out one or two calls during the week, but generally the list only gets longer. I don’t know if it’s a disorder of some sort, but I really do not like talking on the phone. Long (or short) confabulations are not my thing. If forced to “talk” I simply maunder on and try to find the nearest, elevator, metro, or tunnel. After self-reproach, I usually feel surprised at how I still have friends.

Yesterday, I received a package in the mail from one such friend. Besides winning a boat, few things compare to receiving a big, heavy, and unexpected package from a friend. As Peter would say, it could be anything; it could even be a boat. The desk attendant at my apartment winced as I squealed with excitement and made a mad dash for the elevator; I couldn’t wait to see what I had received.

I grabbed a kitchen knife and jabbed it in the side of the box. In a matter of seconds all the contents were spread out on the couch. I sat amidst the stuff, reading her letter and shoving my mouth with the delicious chocolate that was part of the stuff; she must have known I would be starving. It was past 8 pm now. I had a long day at work, and an even tougher day at the gym. I was hungry, and with Komal away, I was lonely and ready to have a conversation with the cat. The package was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits. I was having a mini Castaway moment.

I promise I’ll call soon to thank you for the package; boat or not.

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer and a mother of three from Raleigh, NC. She writes for national and local publications about lifestyle, travel, books, and of course, motherhood! Her most current project involves illustrating and publishing a children’s Hindi book. When not adventuring with her family in the minivan, you can find her riding the streets of Raleigh on her beloved bike Linus.

One thought on “Surprise in the mail!

  1. hey! doh, shoulda put more chocolates!! next time.. :D
    have you forgotten? I probably dislike the phone just as much as you. There's something quite satisfying about letters…


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