Life — Happiness
Joy Arrived in My Mailbox in the Form of Junk Mail
Never thought I’ll be THIS happy getting junk mail. Well, it’s different when it’s sent with love.
You now have a nice 1½ kg package of Genuine American Commercial Junk Mail! I hope it gives you (and N, of course) some amusement and a possible LOL or two. And maybe even something to write about.
Thank you for your encouraging words, delightful photos, and thoughtful writings, and we look forward to enjoying your posts on Medium and Instagram. (And Facebook, but that’s mostly Deb who reads that.)
Jack & Deb
I was grinning ear to ear reading that lovely message.
I’ve gotten a message from Jack Herlocker a couple of days prior to getting my nice plump package. “You have a package close by (relative to its starting point, anyway) and heading your way. We hope it gives you smiles. And if not, something to write about!” the message said.
I had been waiting in anticipation, checking my mailbox after work to make sure I hadn’t missed it.
Oh, the joy when a courier rang my doorbell! (Thank God I was at home.)
Jack and Deb have pretty much gotten a permanent place in my heart since the day he (Jack) mentioned me in one of his writings as his Medium niece. I never forget how those words warmed my heart.
My Medium uncle and aunt.
I love that thought.
Plus, I have learned that Deb is just my kind of aunt, the fun kind:
I’m silently praying that one day I get to meet these two wonderful people in person. Have a deep conversation about life — relationship, and maybe have some fun with Deb and her (now) famous rubber ducky.
The story behind the junk mail.
First of all, I would like to clarify — no, I am not a hoarder.
Second of all, if you’re not following Jack Herlocker’s Christmas catalogue fun, you — my friend — are missing out on life. Here are a few to start you off:
Conversation with My Wife (179.4)
So the holidays are over and the catalogs are done? Not at all, there are POST-CHRISTMAS SALES!
Conversation with My Wife (179.3)
As the dawn of Christmas approaches like the headlight on a high-speed train in a dark tunnel…
Conversation with My Wife (179.1)
Hang on, folks, it’s a looooong catalog season and we’re only into November…
They are hilarious (this is a warning not to read the pieces and drink hot beverage (or any beverage) at the same time).
Reading all these fun-tastic pieces, I casually asked Jack where he got the catalogues from (the catalogues I usually get is super boring and nothing but junk — like literally, junk).
And just like that — voila, a lovely package full of awesome junk mails arrived on my doorstep.
Junk mails that are not junk. (Laughter is one of the things I value dearly in life therefore, junk mails that bring laughter are not junk mails).
I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am receiving all these junk mails.
The lesson here, is that sometimes, all you have to do to make someone’s day is as simple as sending them junk mails (although, sending junk mails from the US to Singapore is anything but simple (thank you so much for making the effort, Jack and Deb, you awesome couple!)).
I just recently got a new job and it has been a massive learning curve.
Lots of things to learn, lots of information and knowledge to digest and absorb.
It can be a bit stressful and overwhelming at times and needless to say, humour is helping me cope a lot these days — my saving grace.
Which is why the junk mails are so precious to me during this time (I know, sounds dramatic. But honestly, they are).
I will be sharing with you some of the treasures I find in the pages of the great Genuine American Commercial Junk Mail (is this like the real official name Jack?) soon (as soon as I get the chance that is).
If you’re at the moment stressed or feeling a bit under pressure or under the weather, do head over to Jack Herlocker’s page and check out his Conversation with My Wife series.
Not only you’ll be having a good laugh, you’ll also learn valuable lessons on relationship and happiness (I’ve learned a lot).
I wish you all a great week ahead and may each and everyone of you get your own version of happy junk mails to warm your heart.
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