The Italian leather shoes came in a shoebox befitting the well-crafted shoes. A shoebox worthy of transformation into a mailbox. You know, the kind kids make to receive Valentine’s cards.
Using an Xacto knife and straightedge, I cut out an opening large enough for a business envelope. With a brand new, juicy-purple tipped Sharpie, I wrote “Lemon’s Mailbox” on the sides of the box. A fresh berry-red Sharpie was perfect for drawing oodles of bright red hearts.
I made cards for Lemon (almost 3 years old) and her sister, Peanut (7 months old). My inner child was thriving as I folded construction paper to create pop-up hearts. I collected all kinds of things from my stash: stickers, colorful papers, real stamps, envelopes, crayons, etc. and put them in a gold mesh bag that I had been saving for just such an occasion. I dropped all of these things into the mail slot, relishing the gratifying thud they made as they hit cardboard.
During nap time yesterday, I snuck across the street and put the mailbox on Lemon’s front porch – for her to discover later. (Yes, my grandchildren live across the street.)
Today I heard my brass mail slot rattling – too early for the mail. It was a thank you card from Lemon. A little later, I saw that the coast was clear, and tip-toed over to drop in Minnie Mouse cards for the two girls along with a bouquet of daffodils from my garden.
When I got back from running an errand, I found two chocolate chip muffins at my door step. Lemon’s been baking with her mama today.
I’m busy planning more deliveries.