Do you ever get excited when you receive an email that tells you “your package has shipped?” When I was a kid, and before the existence of eBay, packages showing up at the house were few and far between. I always thought, in that way that kids look at the adult world, that a package arriving at one’s home must mean that A: someone cares about you, or B: you’re important and FedEx must make the overnight thing happen so you can do business.
When I started having my own funds, I began to order things from eBay and Amazon. I started think that maybe my neighbors would think that I was now “Mr. Important Business Man Who People Care About.” But today I don’t think anyone thinks that. I think most people are used to seeing the UPS and FedEx trucks run up and down my street each day. But I still get a thrill when one of those trucks, our my friendly mail carrier, stops at my door when I’m not expecting anything. Which does prove that my childhood point A, “someone cares about you” is a thing.
Sometimes waiting for a package can evoke that “how much longer till Christmas” feeling. I finally broke down and signed up for one of those subscription boxes that are so popular these days. This new, modern marvel where either every month or every quarter in the case of the one I signed up for, a box of stuff tailored to your interests. They have boxes that send makeup, kids toys, grooming samples for both men and women, and I’m sure many others that I don’t even know about.
There are those boxes that ship out full ingredients and recipes to your door. I don’t know the frequency of those, but I have some friends who swear by them. I’ve been curious about trying one of these subscription boxes out for a while. Looking at them, debating which ones I might try out. I almost went with a monthly box of grooming samples for men. But I have very sensitive skin and worried a face cream might cause my face to look all messed up, even if it said it was for “sensitive skin.”
Instead, I settled on a box that sends me every three months fun things themed after the shows that aired on Nickelodeon in the 1990s. I mean, I am right in the target demographic for that. It’s a fun box to get, and I like how well made the items are. But I get that “Christmas anticipation” feeling between the time I get billed for the box, and the email comes in that it’s shipped out.
These boxes are mystery items too. I don’t know everything that’s in there till it shows up. So that adds to the “Christmasness” feeling of it all. Right now my box for the Summer is supposed to ship out, and every single email I’ve gotten I check with excitement after the navigation hoping it’s the one that says “Your Nick Box has shipped!” It’s not happened yet, but I’m hoping it may come in any time to today. I need my summer box of fun to show up before vacation, or actual Christmas. See you next week.