Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mail Order Husbands

Yesterday I got an envelope in the mail from a charitable organization who wants me to give them money. Their tactic was was to offer me a gift of free address labels, and in return, I was supposed to write them a cheque. I figure I already do enough charitable donations through my church, so I threw out the donation slip and got right to my free stickers. You can imagine my surprise when I saw the name written there was "Mrs. Elena Redd."

Naturally I was very excited at the prospect of some non-profit group sending me stickers AND a husband, though I was a trifle concerned they'd paired me with a distant cousin.

I looked around, but he seemed to have gotten lost in the mail. Gosh darn, I knew that was far too simple. Silly non-profit group can't get anything right.

I decided to keep the stickers; they're a really pretty set, and I can just take a sharpie to remove the "Mrs" and field off awkward questions. Although I can't help wonder if there is an ulterior motive to this mail. I attend a church congregation made up entirely of people in their twenties, it's designed to encourage us to date and get married in the church. Perhaps this is my bishop's way of telling me to get a move on. Or maybe some loving older relative is trying to send the same hint.

No, all joking aside, I am pretty sure the non-profit group is working alone in this plot. Still, I can't help laughing every time I look at them.

Has anyone else ever received such a loaded present in the mail?


Eileen Young said...

Grandpa gets stickers with just his name. I suggested he include my name also because there are a lot of designing widows/msture singles looking. Well he wrote the sticker people and said he would rather they include his wife's name. Guess what? Instead of Eileen they wrote Evleen!! He got so cross he threw the whole darn thing away. No correct spelling, no donation.
So there.

melanye said...

ha! Yessss we get crap like that in the mail too, although my mom is always incensed that it ONLY says 'Mrs' and not 'Mr & Mrs' to include my step-dad. No one is ever happy with their free 'gifts' :P

Amy said...

I appreciate your PO very much the picture with the article. Continues to refuel!!