As I pulled into our parking space at home today after work, I saw a box left by the mailman next to our front door. I asked M what he had ordered. “Nothing that I can remember,” he replied. I walked to the door and picked up the box. “Where’s it from?” M asked.
“It’s from PCR, a surprise package for me!” I said.
“The polymerase chain reaction sent you a package?!” M asked. (PCR is a molecular biology method that M, PCR and I all use routinely in our exciting lives as biologists.)
“PCR is a knitting-blogger in Cleveland who is also a scientist. She won the Schaefer Anne yarn in my last contest.” I said, rushing into the house clutching my package. “I’ve never received a surprise knit-blogging package before, but then I’ve never sent one either. I’m not sure on the proper etiquette of acquiring peoples’ snail mail addresses.”
“Ah, the Wonderful World of Knit Bloggers!” said M in a tone indicating he was feeling a bit envious. Meanwhile I had whipped out my handy-dandy pocketknife and opened the package. Look what was inside!
Please excuse the lighter prop. It was NOT sent through the mail system. It was just handy on the patio.
PCR wanted to thank me for sending her the Schaefer Anne (it was all due to the random number generator), so she sent me some lovely self-striping sock yarn (my favorite travel yarn), a deliciously smelling candle (Asian spices), and a box of chocolates. I’d share the chocolates with M, but with his recent wisdom teeth extraction, nut clusters and such are not on his acceptable food list. The box has a lot of nut clusters in it. Poor M, but it’s really for his best dental health that I eat all these chocolates.
This was very kind and generous of PCR and completely unexpected! It topped an already very good day. I learned the results from a biopsy I had done last week, that I do NOT have cancer. Excellent news! The socks from this yarn will be for me (I have two pairs of shoes they will go with), and they will always remind me of the kindness of the knit-blogging community and the good news I got today.