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Snail mail amazingness

May 15th, 2010

Most of what lands in my mailbox these days are bills… so what a nice surprise to get this from one of my clients last week:

In the age of e-communication, there’s something special about getting a tangible (and fully unexpected) thanks through the mail. This put a grin on my head all day!

(As an aside, Spread the Love is a non-profit group that battles hunger “through the simple power of the sandwich”. Founder Miles Rob Aronson was a 2006 recipient of a Top Twenty Under 20 Award. I’ve been working on Spread the Love’s printed materials and designed their logo a couple of years ago.)

A couple of days later, I got another fun mail package — this one from Ngan of eNVe Designs:

It’s called the Warm Hearts necklace, and I’m just one of many people who has received it in the mail. My job now is to find a creative way to wear this versatile piece, take a picture, and send it to the next person on the list. It’s part of a campaign for cancer awareness, and to raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital. Looking through the cards of people who participated before me was very cool — I know some of these ladies online, and to know this passed through their talented hands made me feel like I was part of something bigger.

And finally… I was doing some cleaning in my parents’ basement recently, and bumped into this letter I got from a local advertising agency back when I was in school:

It’s dated March 29, 1995, so I had just finished my first year of university and had applied for a summer position. I’m pretty sure this was typed out on a typewriter, and it was signed by the company’s president — before the days of email rejections and non-responses! Finding this letter sent my brain back to post-secondary nostalgia, made me laugh that I had the gall to apply for a position (while completely unqualified), and also gave me a sense of pride that I’ve come a long way in 15 years.

So… lots of recent humbling, happy feelings from snail mail.

I urge you to take a half hour out of your week and mail something to someone you care about, and see just how much it’s appreciated on the other end.

And for anyone who might want to receive something, I’ll send a little package to the first three people who send me (through the contact page) their full mailing addresses :)

And because I’m curious: what’s the best snail mail you’ve ever gotten?

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Return of the Rockin’ Robin

April 6th, 2010

Last year, I talked about how a mama robin set up nest in the corner of our front porch — unbelievable, since there’s so much traffic in the area (three apartments’ worth of people going in and out).

June 15, 2009

I’d said I’d post updates, but I never did (just checked, tsk tsk!), so here’s how the follow-up could’ve gone — all the photos were taken by John, with his handy telephoto lens…

June 21, 2009

This was a really sad day — it was really warm and humid out, and the baby’s heads were lolling instead of poking up in the air for food. They looked so weak and their mother hadn’t seemed to be around all day. That evening, John and I actually went digging around for bugs and worms to leave out for the Mama bird… but when we got home that evening, she was perched back on the nest.

June 27, 2009

And less than a week later, they were practically bursting out of the nest. John dubbed the chicks “The Beatles” because there were four of them, and there heads always bobbed when we passed by.

This was actually the last day they were in the nest, so I think this picture could be called “The Last Supper (in the nest)”:

Later in the afternoon, when John and I were getting home from an outing, we looked up and only one chick was left — and we watched as he hopped out. He was very unsteady on his feet and wings, but his mother called to him from our neighbour’s rooftop, and we watched as he fumbled across the lawn, down the pathway, following her tweets. It was heartwarming, to say the least.

So… why bring this all back up? Well, we came home the other night and as we stepped onto the front porch — swooosh!!! — we saw Mama Bird fly out from her nesting corner. So she’s BACK, and I guess we can expect to be charmed by another nestful of babes. Yahoo!

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Just call me Auntie Em

March 19th, 2010

My dear friends Steve and Eva are 1st-year university sweethearts. We all lived on the same floor in residence… I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since we all met, and how adult-like we all are now (pffft!).

Three years ago, when they were expecting their first baby, Steve told me they were going to name her Emily if she was a girl. I gave a nonchalant “Oh, that’s nice!”, not wanting to presume anything. He said something like “Uh, after you, ya dummy!” I think I emitted something like “Wheeeeee!!!!!” while kicking my feet wildly. Their firstborn turned out to be a beautiful boy, whom they named Nate.

Fast forward two and a bit years to this past Tuesday, and along comes Steve and Eva’s lovely baby #2: Emily. I went over yesterday to take some photos, and the one above is one of my favourites.

Here’s one of Nate, giving his little sis a bisou:

I couldn’t be more elated, proud or honoured right about now.

StEva, I love you guys, man… and you sure do make cute babies!

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