When you live abroad, as I have for most of the last 12 years, there is nothing better than receiving something from home! With Justin’s birthday coming soon and the celebration of us moving into our new apartment, Sue wanted to send us a care package. Over the last month or so, she has been collecting things and placing them aside for us. There were also a few things that we asked for thrown into the mix.
We were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our package, after Sue told us that she sent it. She mailed it on the 29th of August, and was told that it would arrive here in China to our address, in 9 days. Really, only 9 days, we thought? That seemed really quick…. So we waited… and waited…. and waited. Nine days went really slowly. We checked the tracking information and on September 5th it arrived in China. Sure enough on the 9th business day the box arrived at our school.
The only problem was the condition that it arrived in. The red contact paper that Sue used to wrap the box up was torn to shreds on one of the corners . And not only was the paper torn, but there was a big “arm” sized whole in the box. Apparently sometime during it’s transportation, the box was “breached”. When the box arrived it was a little over a pound less than the original weight. We are not quite certain what was taken out of the box, but everything of value seemed to still be in the box. Justin’s birthday present was still inside, but the wrapping paper now featured claw marks on it… I guess it couldnt fit through the hole in the box.
China tried to tell us that the box was received like this. They said that it happened on the American side of transport…. We highly doubt that.
Oh No!!! We lost the Peanut M&Ms!!
What’s the lesson from this? Put important stuff inside a box, inside a box, inside a bigger box. haha We love receiving packages, letters, postcards etc… If you see something and think about us, throw it in a box and send it to us. This shouldn’t happen again. We have received multiple boxes since living abroad, and this is a first for us, so don’t worry. We will get your care package and love it!!
Thank you to Bryan and Sue Esser!