Friday, December 21, 2012

The Special Spoons

When I was a young girl, I loved to get mail.
It didn't matter what I received, any kind of package or letter would do.
Receiving mail evoked a feeling of pure joy for me.
I always referred to the mail I received as " happy mail"!
I always wanted to go outside and "get" the mail and as I headed to the mailbox,
I always hoped there would be something inside for me.
There rarely was!

When I was 8 or 9 I saw an advertisement in the Sunday Paper, to purchase spoons, 
Oneida tableware, fifty cents per spoon.
I guess the theory was, pick a pattern, receive one spoon and if you liked the pattern,
 you would buy the whole set.
 
So you guessed it, I starting saving my quarters and buying spoons.
I didn't need spoons, but I wanted to receive mail. 
 
All these years later, I still have a few of those spoons.
Holding one of these spoons brings me back to my childhood, 
and the need I had then to bring joy in to my life!
 
Not much has changed since I was 9, I still love to receive mail.
 I get a lot of mail now but I rarely get any "happy mail"! 
Last week as the hubs carried in the mail, he yelled out "you have happy mail"!
 
As I looked at the return address, I felt like I was 9 again.
I have not felt that feeling in a long time and it felt awesome!
 

19 comments:

Ruth Hiebert said...

The spoons look great.Happy mail now comes via email.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh I love this post Debbie! You are always welcome to write my 6 year old for happy mail. He LOVES to write letters and will write anyone, LOL.

Adrienne said...

LOVE THIS!!! And....now I know how to make you really happy!

TexWisGirl said...

you made me cry.

MarmePurl said...

Someone sure loves you.

barbara l. hale said...

I love this! I remember being able to purchase spoons back in the day but never did it. I think I wish I had now...happy mail!!

Bev said...

I have those spoons... I got them in the mail too!! I love mail...and I love my silver!!

Muffy's Marks said...

How fun to get happy mail!!! The spoons are a definite reminder of the days when letters were written and mailed. I used to love to get mail too!!! Usually my cousin, or godfather would send me mail. Hope Santa has sacks and sacks of happy mail for you!!!!

Nancy said...

It's always nice to receive an actual card or letter instead of bills or junk mail. :)

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season, my friend.

Kerri Farley said...

What a wonderful post! I'm glad you got "happy mail" !

eileeninmd said...

What a nice post, Debbie! I am so happy you received some happy mail. Lovely memories, thanks for sharing!

Sharon M said...

I think it's so hilarious that you bought spoons so that you could get mail! And really, who doesn't love getting mail??

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh Debbie I am smiling ear to ear happy mail I love that. I received happy mail this week too. It is wonderful.
Merry Christmas Debbie and enjoy the holidays with your family. I am truly happy I found you. HUGS B

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

So glad you received some "Happy Mail"! Send me your address and I'll send you some happy mail. :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

This is such a precious post. Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas. Mildred

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Wonderful story Debbie and I love your spoons. Our children love collecting the mail, each takes their turn, but like you, rarely receive anything for them personally. Some of them have penpals but their penpals are often very slow to reply.

Anonymous said...

The spoons are gorgeous and it is fun to receive mail. Living far away, I especially love getting care packages from 'home'.

Farm Girl said...

What a cute thing to get in the mail. Really, now I know you like happy mail. That is so nice to know. :)
I never thought about that before. It was a huge thing when you were nine and you got mail.

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