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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Surprise Flowers

About two weeks ago Aaron and I found a sticker from the post office on the mailboxes to our apartment building. I ignored it at first, but Aaron took a look at it. It had our names on it. We were confused; no one in Switzerland has this address for us except for the housing agent at the Embassy. We didn't think someone in the US would send us something this way because it's cheaper to do so by pouch. The name that the delivery person had written on the sender line on the German form was one that I didn't recognize, so my security alarm bells immediately went off in my head.

I took the bus to the post office the next day. I handed the ticket to the lady behind the counter. She said in German that I didn't need to pay for it since it wasn't registered, which confused me - but I suppose picking up this suspicious mystery package at no cost to me was good news. I was surprised to see a huge but light cardboard box from swissflowers.ch. I carried it home - I didn't bother hopping on the bus for one stop, but my heels kept getting stuck between the cobblestones. The label on the box didn't give me any more clues.

When I got home, I opened the box and saw orchids, my favorite flowers. I didn't immediately see a card, but I finally found it tape to the inside cover of the box. It was from Aaron's sister and her husband! Thanks, guys. They're still alive, too. I can't believe I haven't managed to kill them yet - and that Chairman Meow and Guinness haven't eaten all the ivy.

Frische Blumen/Fleurs fraîches/Fiori freschi



  • At 4:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey there dear cousin! (pardon the grammar and typos ok)

    Just wanted to give you a heads up. Glenda and I will be travelling to Europe during the month of september starting the 1st. We would like to take this opportunity too see if we could come visit you! We will be in Belgium (plus most of Europe) for about 16 days. Congrats by the way to you and Aaron for this posting! Waiting to hear from you!


    Junjie & Glenda

  • At 4:42 PM , Anonymous Aaron's sister said...

    Okay, I confess, I had no idea orchids are your favorite flowers, Anna! lol. Just thought they'd match your Asian decor. I'm glad you like them. Hugs!


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