“There’s a delivery for you!”
“Ummm… i don’t think i ordered anything….”
Tim has been delivering mail in my building for nearly all of the 30+ years i’ve been working there. He had the right name, and the right office, but i absolutely had no idea what could be in the small box he put in my hand.
“It’s from Amazon? i have that stuff sent home… Someone must have made a mistake, or sent me something?”
Tim stuck around to find out if he would need to re-deliver, or return, the box. i cut open the tape, and pulled out a wrapped gift.
“Well, someone sent you a present! Guess the mystery is solved!”
“Not entirely… i have no idea who would send me a gift at work!”
He started to move on to his next stop, but at this point was just as curious as i was regarding the contents of the mysterious gift box.
“Stick around! Let’s get to the bottom of this!”
Reading the Amazon gift tag, i quickly determined the source…
Hope this note holder comes handy when you need it. Thank you very much for your reference. I cannot begin to thank you enough.
A few weeks earlier, i had received a request for a reference letter… A young scientist, fairly recently earning his PhD, was working through the arduous process to establish permanent residency in the U.S. It helps to have professional references included in the package.
If i know the work of an individual, i can often pull together a pretty good reference letter. It’s a small thing, and generally doesn’t take me a tremendous amount of time. i was familiar with Wei’s research area, and his work, and managed to knock out a good letter in about fifteen minutes.
Explaining this quickly to Tim, i unwrapped the paper around the box.
“i have no idea what this is… Don’t leave yet, Tim! i might need a witness!”
We both cracked up laughing as i pulled the note holder from the box. It was absolutely adorable!
“Bulldogs? How perfect! And Wei doesn’t even know me all that well…”
It is one of the most beautiful gifts i’ve ever received…