Zazzle Dazzle 2

December 18, 2012

I would be remiss if I didn’t give “the rest of the story,” as they say….

IT WAS ALL MY MISTAKE. Zazzle sent me the correct order – the FIRST time!!! THEN they sent me the second order, packaged identically to the first one, and I mistakenly assumed that the second was incorrect as well. BUT as I finally looked again – very closely – at both the packing slip (which was my order) and the package of items, I realized that they were packed as a unit, and not individually. I had ordered CARDS. That’s all. No ornaments. Adrian’s ornament, packed with the Grammy-love that wasn’t able to be delivered in a timely way, was sitting in my closet, completely forgottten, along with the other ornaments that I had also ordered so far in advance that they were non-existent (in my mind, anyway).

So here I am – with the proverbial egg on my face. Oh, and Lana’s reply?? (When I wrote to her and confessed all) was again just as gracious as it had been the first time. “Have a merry Christmas. You don’t have to mail back the duplicates; keep them, discard them or donate them.” I deserved ANYTHING but THAT! It was mercy and grace. I’ll take it – gratefully. Thank you, Lana, for your Christmas gifts to me.

It was on a much smaller scale, obviously, but it kind of reminded me of another Gift given, don’t you think???

Zazzle Dazzle

December 10, 2012

I decided to dazzle Zazzle today – by NOT sending my moaning message about my disgruntled discovery of their delivery delay. I decided that Lana, in customer support, had to read far too many rude remonstrances at this jolly time of the year to add my own to the miserable mix.

Oh, I was disappointed, all right, and I’d wanted them to know it. You see, my miniature martial arts guy, a Christmas ornament for our grandson, did not get put into the package that was mailed to us in a timely manner. And the replacement, which was eventually shipped, was scheduled for arrival exactly one day AFTER our trip to our daughter’s house – one day too LATE for Grammy and Grampy to be able to hand it to Adrian for his little Christmas tree. And that was not OK. (And if you’re a grandparent who does not live next door to his / her grandchild, you know what I’m talking about and you can clearly see that a LOT was riding on that one small package. LOVE would not get delivered, and THAT tends to put grammies over the edge. Which was why I had begun composing my email to Lana).

As I was struggling to get just the right words – so that I wouldn’t sound like a grammy-grinch (although that was exactly what I was going to be to Lana, who probably doesn’t even begin to get paid enough to read about how the omission of one ordinary object could threaten to destroy the entire legacy of a loving, well-meaning, efficient, organized, timely – did I mention that I sent my order to Zazzle waaaaay in advance of when I needed it?? – grandparent to his / her grandchild), when, all of a sudden, I saw myself. And what I was doing. And I laughed right out loud. Sheesh.

It’s Christmas. It’s a busy time. Things happen. Mistakes are made. Yes, an entire chunk of my order (most of it, actually, not just the juvenile judo jock) was ommitted from the package, and sadly, yes, they were all checked off, but I don’t know, ….maybe the person packing it that day had had a family emergency. Maybe it had been packed an overworked, way-stressed, worried, frightened mama who’d had to send her sleepy child to school that day because he was kept awake the night before by events too egregious to even begin to explain. Christmas isn’t always happy in every home….

So I didn’t send it. We’ll do sonmething else with Adrian on Wednesday besides putting a new ornament on his tree. It’ll be OK. Each day we go is a gift, and it’s not because of the things we carry in our hands.

And Lana and the packer of our package? Well, I say, “Merry Christmas” to each of you! And Lord, give each of them grace today, too. Amen.

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