How can the package I mailed to my daughter in a rural village in India get to her, but the box I mailed to my son, 300 miles away, in Minneapolis, get swallowed up by the USPS? Did it go someplace that required it to have a passport?
I mailed this package in July. True, it contains a crock-pot and the idea that my son might use it to cook real food may be delusional, but I don't think that that accounts for its being swallowed up by the mysterious United States Postal System! It came back to us this past week, 3 months after having mailed it, with $11 postage due for its return trip!
Oh, and the duct tape? When I first brought this to the post office, they told me that I could not mail a package that had merchants' markings on the box. They had to be covered up, and I could use duct tape. So the box went back home with me, and then took its second trip to the Grand Forks post office to be mailed.
My son swears he kept looking for the package, asking his roommates, his neighbors if they'd seen it, but no luck! After awhile, he gave up.
All I can say is that I'm very glad I thought better of throwing in a few potatoes and carrots. I thought "a week, tops--and if he has some veggies, he might actually make something."
But I'm not really sure what's in the box any more.
Did I put some money in it?
Wasn't there some puppy chow?
Or was it the veggies?