A Smile And A Shrug

7 Feb

Last summer, to occupy the time of quarantine, I mailed art-cards to friends and family. I painted post card sized pictures and mailed them in Bacalar. It’s a fun way to connect and let my grandchildren and others know that I’m thinking about them.

Nights in the 50s have been a delight.

This past week I began to hear from card receivers, my brother, niece, a cousin. Frankly I had mailed the cards and forgotten about them.

I knew that mail from Mexico took its own sweet time, but eight months!

Every few weeks, I routinely stop by our tiny post office and check our mailbox #16. This week, I casually mentioned to the post master, who is quite familiar with my mailing habits, that the cards I mailed in May had just arrived in the US. He gave me a Mona Lisa smile and shrugged. I laughed and went on my way. The trouble is, you can’t have it both ways. That shrug can be both maddening and charming, depending on the job you need to complete, or the deadline you must make.

This week I registered myself and my mother-in-law for a Covid vaccine. The over 60 crowd is up right after medical first responders. Hopefully the appointments will arrive sooner than my postcards. Fingers crossed.


9 Responses to “A Smile And A Shrug”

  1. rudeinnewyork February 7, 2021 at 9:57 am #

    Loved your photo card painting. Next year you could exhibit in the 6X6 exhibit in Rochester,NY.

    Just mail samples early…….lol

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  2. Jack Scott February 8, 2021 at 5:20 am #

    Mail in Turkey was always (and remains) a snail’s-pace affair. Getting the credit card statement after the payment due date was always interesting! Fingers crossed for the vaccine for you (and us)!

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    • afish25 February 8, 2021 at 7:34 am #

      We have a mail service in the US. Friends used to bring our mail down, but w COVID, no visitors. We are waiting on our first order to be sent via FedX. Ten days today. I’m not sure I have any more fingers to cross,


  3. Emilie February 9, 2021 at 5:31 am #

    Yes, I hope you get the vaccine sooner rather than later. Buena suerte. Regarding the mail, this saddens me! A friend in Mexico mailed me a gift before Christmas. I was figuring it would be here in February sometime. Looks like I’ve w-a-y overestimated Mexican mail service!

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    • afish25 February 9, 2021 at 8:14 am #

      It’s hit or miss. Also DHL and FedEx are quite common and more reliable. I am eleven days waiting on a FedEx delivery from Texas.

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  4. Kim Relph February 20, 2021 at 5:31 pm #

    So it is a shrug and smile in Mexico. In Jamaica they say “soon come” and that means when they are good and ready and usually later. In India, they smile and wag their heads from side to side. After a month there, I thought if one more person wagged their head at me I would SCREAM! However, as I’ve gotten older, I have learned to be more patient and move at the pace of others, especially when I can do nothing about it. Hope y’all are doing well. We have been in the deep freeze and are finally coming around. Very unusual weather in Texas….


    • afish25 February 20, 2021 at 7:18 pm #

      Hey K. Glad things are warming up.


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