Dashed Hopes and Miracles

The long-awaited nurse’s cap and graduation brochure
from my mother’s 1937 registered nurses’ graduation
had finally arrived. But wait!  The size was odd.
Perhaps my sister had downsized and included an

electric keyboard without telling me? What
had my sister sent me? I finally dialed
her phone in Washington state and asked
about the contents. Her answer did not surprise.

“I don’t know what you are talking about.”
I sent photos. Still mystified, both of us laughed.
I suggested the mailing labels might have
been switched at the store. My label said the

weight was 1 lb. which it clearly was not.
My husband guessed it to be about 30 pounds.
Dimensions of the box: 7″X16″by 40″ indicated
it might contain a very heavy nurse’s cap for

a giant perhaps! I mentioned someone may
have left the big box at the store where it, too,
was incorrectly labeled. My sister phoned the store asking
what had happened to our mother’s nursing cap.

The person at the store apologized and said an irate
customer had phoned earlier demanding to know why
this shoe-size box had been mailed instead of the
equipment he had dropped off, presumably to

be used for a new trade show on the East Coast?
Still irate, the customer in New Jersey wondered
if this was a joke. Our initial laughter
turned to anger at what had happened.

The heirloom was destined for our daughter who
is a Registered Nurse just like her grandmother.
How does one place a value on a family heirloom?
Given an 800 number to call, I was told to

take the box to the store and pay for its return.
Excuse me? That can’t be correct.  My
sister was livid with the answer I was provided.
She phoned the company again asking

for a new return label. A few phone calls
later, we were assured the nurse’s cap was
on its way back to Washington State from New Jersey.
The manager was in hot water with company

headquarters for this mix-up. On a  Monday,
I lugged the unwieldy,  heavy box for the return
trip back to Washington and then to New Jersey.
Company rules. Having mailed boxes from

this store to New York, I observed too many people and
employees overworked and distracted. What happened,
although understandable, was mind-boggling. The odyssey
commenced mid-January and ended six weeks later.

The precious family heirloom is still
in mint condition in its own box
safely returned to my sister who
has decided to hold on to it for now.

This time a tragedy has been averted. The painful
incident gives one pause about mailing packages.
Miracles do happen, however, and there was a happy ending.
Thank you, Mom, for making our miracle happen!

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26 Responses to Dashed Hopes and Miracles

  1. Clare Pooley says:

    My goodness! I am so pleased all has ended well! Your mother was so beautiful!

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    • Thank you, Clare. It is a well-known shipping company whose local manager was in hot water over this. All’s well that ends well. Enjoy the weekend.

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        Thank you, Mary Ann. We’ve had a good weekend.

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      • We have as well. However, shhh, high wind warnings and blizzards in the forecast just a few minutes north. Hope we don’t lose power.

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        Oh no! I hope so too! I hate to say this but we have had a week of sunshine and very mild weather. 13 C today and I worked in the garden again. It could all change very soon and we could get snow too.

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      • Well, no sooner said than done. We have high winds and snow is moving in tomorrow. Enjoy your gardening weather while it lasts. Do you grow herbs and vegetables or just flowers?

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        I grow mainly flowers and a few herbs. I have grown vegetables in the past but my husband has been looking after them recently. I am thinking of growing some runner beans this year as I love them so much! Take care in the bad weather!

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      • What flowers and herbs? I love zinnias but last year we planted some new types which the birds and butterflies love. My husband tends the gardens now. I used to have gardens in Virginia where I could plant on Feb. 1 and still have tomatoes and peppers in December. Upstate NY growing season is not as long. Collards last well into the frost and snow. Runner beans sound interesting. We had some green and wax. Today’s weather cancelled schools. Blizzard conditions too. Such a strong wind and so noisy since yesterday afternoon. It will continue through the night tonight as well. We plants our garden in late May here.

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        I love zinnias too. I have a herb garden up close to the house with fennel, chives, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, sage etc. I am halfway through replanting it, getting rid of old and woody plants and adding new.
        In my flower garden I grow mainly perennials and shrubs and a lot of native plants. I love scented plants and ones that attract bees and other insects. I have quite a few spring bulbs like daffodils, scilla, hyacinth and iris reticulata. I love tulips but they get eaten by the mice and the deer!
        Your weather sounds awful! Stay safe!

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      • What a wonderful, colorful garden. My husband prefers to plant perennials and native trees. The daffodils are the first to push up even through snow since they grow closer to the house. You grow a wider variety of herbs than we do. Several inches of snow fell overnight and a clipper system is coming through tomorrow. Schools are delayed this morning as well.

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    • Thank you for saying my mother was beautiful. I always said so in her photos and she would just sigh. Didn’t like having the attention. Miss her.

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  2. Linda E Snook says:

    I’m glad you got your mom’s things. I remember your mom, she was a Sweet lady, when did she die?

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  3. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour ou bonsoir mon amie

    Je regarde le ciel et je pense tout en m’évadant
    Et je m’envole dans le plus grand silence
    Voir un monde meilleur sans guerre ou tout le monde se donne la main
    Voir toutes les personnes du monde ce sourire, sans aucun ne soit être déçu
    Des jours à ma fenêtre
    Je regarde les enfants courir,sauter,s’amuser
    sans que la maladie viennent les toucher
    Je regarde aussi les couples
    Ou l’amour de deux personnes sans qu’elles soient jugées
    ne peuvent se mentir
    Aimer toujours aimer quoi de plus beau
    Sans le dire on peux le démontrer par la parole ,par un cadeau autres
    Sur ces mots
    Je passe te souhaiter une bonne journée ou fin de soirée
    Gros bisous
    Bernard

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    • Cher Bernard, merci pour ton beau commentaire. Je murmure des prières d’amour à tous mes parents décédés. Lors des funérailles, je chante dans la chorale dans le cadre de mon ministère. Je suis heureux de soutenir ceux dans leur chagrin. Regardant par la fenêtre le ciel et les nuages, j’imagine le paradis comme un lieu de repos magnifique. Tout le monde est heureux et il n’y a jamais aucun mot prononcé dans la colère. Puissiez-vous passer un week-end paisible avec beaucoup de beauté de la nature. Sois rempli de paix et d’amour, Mary Ann

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    In response, I must tell the story (greatly abbreviated) of the engagement ring I had sent from Canada to my wife to be in Germany. In my excitement I had not written Germany on the envelope, which contained the ring. The address had English and Dutch sounding names. So the posties in Calgary wrote on the envelope: Try South Africa. The letter came back with surface mail two months later, when we had already given up seeing this precious letter ever again. So like in your story, there was a happy end. Have a great weekend, Mary Ann!

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    • Peter – what a grand story you told about that letter to Germany with the engagement ring. Postal people never cease to amaze me. All the time in our neighborhood, we get mail meant for others nearby. Same number but different house. Now for my tale about Germany to the US. When I left to come home my first Fulbright year, I left a forwarding address to the PO. The bank sent my final statement to England. It went back to Germany and this time to me in NY. Name of the city is Liverpool. It also took 2 months. There is a happy ending with my mother’s cap, but I still do not have it. My sister does. I think she feared it would get lost again. Enjoy your weekend as well. I love your tale of the engagement ring.

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  5. What a good story with a happy ending. I hope the Other Guy got his equipment!

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    • The “Other Guy” supposedly got the package in early February according to my tracking which had the package weighing about 23 pounds and definitely not a nurse’s cap. This is a well-known shipping company so locally, someone switched shipping labels. After all this, I still do not have our mother’s nursing cap and graduation program. Sigh. One day I suppose.

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  6. Great story…loved the happy ending! ❤

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  7. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, at first I was laughing at the mix-up as I imagined it would be easy to sort out. Anything but easy it seems! I’m happy for you all that the cap was returned safely to your sister … and perhaps it’s best she gives it to you in person. I feel for you having to lug the big parcel around, particularly in the middle of your wintery conditions. Hope you had an apology for all your troubles and worry!

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    • The company apologized to my sister where the package began its cross country voyage and then back again. Sometimes we did not know whether to laugh or cry. It was going to make a great blog post too. That’s for another day. Privately I can write more about this which would have left you holding onto your sides in laughter. And this too shall pass.

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  8. ilonapulianauskaite says:

    ❤️

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