The Ugly Pink Package

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The package was picked out with care. A hot pink color with flowers dotting the background. It used to be pretty. That was until it was filled with care and gently secured with an ugly brown tape. Adding on the “To” and “From” tags and this package was ready to go to the local post office.

Once splattered with the post office stickers, the ugly pink package would soon be on its way to another home.

The ugly pink package was tossed in the backroom, where it would be weighed and sorted. It would be marked with instructions on how to get it from Point A to Point B. Along the way it would be very abused and tossed, as the workers didn’t particularly know the importance of this single package.

But this package was filled with joy (and a few sugary sweets) and nothing would beat this package down. Finally it reached its destination. It was placed on the doorstep as the mailman rang the doorbell. Patiently it waited, until the door was answered and it was brought inside.

It was finally home and waiting to bring joy and happiness into the lives of another family.

Simple Generosity

This ugly pink package was sitting on my doorstep Monday afternoon. I knew it was on its way, but I had no clue what the insides held. This package was coming from a fellow writer and a fellow friend, right here on Hubpages.

When RealHousewife found out my family was moving, she messaged me and asked if I would mind giving her my new address so she could send a housewarming gift. She did not pop up out of the blue and just ask for my address, Real and I had been chatting back and forth for several months now. In that time, even though we have never actually met face to face, I consider her to be a very good friend. Besides, she promised me she wasn’t a creeper, so I went ahead and sent it!

Earlier in the week, as I was unpacking my kitchen, I realized I had given away all of my sharp knives. I had just written a hub, Excuse Me - Have you seen my Knife - a slightly humorous write-up about “Life Without a Sharp Knife.” I was a little dumbfounded at how much knife blocks currently cost (since I remember purchasing most of mine for about $20 and that came with a canister of kitchen tools!). But I would make due until I could get around to replacing them.

Real contacted me in the middle of the week to let me know her package was on its way. As a side note, she also mentioned it was something the kids would really enjoy. On Friday, I received a box. This was an unmarked box. There was nothing stating who the sender was, nor was there a receipt in the box to give me any clue as to who the gift giver was.

My first thought was Real had sent me this box of knives after reading my hub about my lack of cutting tools. The only thing was, she had mentioned the kids would really enjoy her gift. I was hoping she wasn’t sadistic enough to think the children would have fun with knives, but just to be on the safe side, I asked her anyway. Yet she assured me her gift was coming on Monday and it couldn’t be mistaken - It was an ugly pink package. I am grateful I was still correct in my judgement on her. She wasn’t a creeper - just like she promised!

The Ugly Pink Package

This quaint little package was found sitting on my doorstep. It was filled with goodies for the entire family!
This quaint little package was found sitting on my doorstep. It was filled with goodies for the entire family! | Source

So Monday, as I picked up the ugly pink package, I knew exactly who it was from without even looking at the labels. It came early afternoon, and it took everything in me not to dive right into the box. Even though it was addressed to me, I knew it was something the girls needed to be home to open as well. After all, Real and her daughters had such a fun time picking out the perfect gift for each child, and I wanted the kids to enjoy the package from the very beginning.

So there it sat, all afternoon, mocking me.

Ice Cream in the mail?

Who would have thought that ice cream could be sent through the mail. But Bella wasn't fooled - she knew it wasn't "real" ice cream!
Who would have thought that ice cream could be sent through the mail. But Bella wasn't fooled - she knew it wasn't "real" ice cream! | Source

The Contents

When the kids were all home (and their homework was finished and dinner had been eaten), we finally got to open the box. They all sat around me in anticipation as I cut away the ugly brown packing tape.

The first thing I pulled out was the Ice Cream Cones. Now this was something I knew was in there, since Real had informed me she had sent ice cream through the mail. Yet, I had never seen these candies before, so I was very impressed she had figured out a way to send ice cream through the mail. The kids eyes all got real big-eyed and they knew they were in for a treat from the very beginning.

I gave each of the kids one right away (glad I fed them dinner first) and they dug in.

Bella was the first one to comment, “This isn’t ice cream mommy!” Like I was trying to trick her… “This is cotton candy.” Filled with a bunch of yums in between the licks and bites.

Then I pulled out the rest of the goodies in the box. A candy lip gloss for each of the girls and a candy watch for each of the kids. Abby decided it would be more responsible not to eat all the candy in one sitting. Bella followed suit with a few grumbles. Max started sucking on the package trying to get to the candy pieces.

The Princess Package

Abby helping her sister read all the secrets held in The Princess Primer. Both were very excited about their gifts!
Abby helping her sister read all the secrets held in The Princess Primer. Both were very excited about their gifts! | Source

Even in the short time, you could already seeing the candy high was starting to hit them. Yet, as their eyes got glassy with the start of a sugar coma, they waited patiently (for kids anyway) to see what else was in the box.

I pulled out the first book. It was perfect for Max. Followed by a book for Bella and a book for Abby. Each book fit perfectly with each child. Abby squeeled with delight, as she got a book all for doodling. She couldn’t wait to break into it. Bella spent the night learning how to be a princess and she is currently planning her outfit for the Prince’s Ball on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Max ran around with his superhero cape saying “Cool” and admiring himself in the mirror.

As for me, her thoughtfullness brought tears to my eyes and I can never really tell her how much it means to me.

Superhero

super Max - running around the house saying cool! He really enjoyed his cape.
super Max - running around the house saying cool! He really enjoyed his cape. | Source

It's what's inside that really counts

Realhousewife and her family are prime examples of being generous just to be generous. The gift she gave was nothing short of exceptional, and while greatly appreciated, was never expected.

Realhousewife is beautiful, both inside and out. Never have I met someone so strong-willed, so kind-hearted, so generous, and overall, just genuinely a nice person. I have never physically met her, but through many exchanges of emails, I feel as if I have known her forever!

I truly scored big the day she sent me an email, and never would I have imagined something blooming out of what originally started off with a hilarious write-up of the Booty Pop! I have truly been blessed to have her enter into my life. Not only has she been a constant supporter of all of my hubs, but she has kept me laughing each and everday her witty sense of humor, whether it is something that she has written a hub about, or just in one of her comments.

She is a talented writer, a great mom, and one of the most self-less people I have ever known. There is really no words that I can say to reallydescribe her or to thank her, as in for once in my lifetime, I am completely speechless. But I can guarantee, there will always be some sort of laughter when she is around. I look forward to the day when my family finally gets to meet her family.

So, because I don't really know how to show her my gratitude, I am writing this hub of gratitude. She truly is a superhero and I am glad that fate has allowed our paths to cross... even if it has only been online!

One day... I hope you too are able to open your eyes to a friendship that may be forming in your very own hub community. Sure, it may be online, but even from far away a friendship can bloom. I hope you are as fortunate as I was.

Note: Meeting people online can be dangerous. Use discretion and a good sense of judgement before giving out any of your personal information. While there are great people out there just like RealHousewife, there are others who can't be trusted. I have had both good interactions with people online and bad interactions with people online. 

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Barber girl, This hub was so priceless and I am so happy you have found such a wonderful friend here at hubs..I know there are so many great people here. Realhousewife sounds like a gem and I am sure she feels the same way about you..Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story..

Sunnie


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sunnie - I am glad you enjoyed this. She really is a sweet person. I am glad that we have crossed paths here! There are so many great people here on Hubpages. I am so thrilled to be a part of this community!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

RH is for sure a wonderful kind caring and loving person. I too feel truly blessed to know her. What a wonderful story.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

How sweet Barber! I loved this hub and the entire content! Thank you for sharing the story of your ugle pink package with us! I have a few friends that I swap gifts with that I've met through facebook, twitter and hubs from around the world. My new fav quote is "I love my computer because my friends live in it". I don't think I ever read anything from real ... I'm going to look her up! You rock barber!! :)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Did I miss it? What did RealH send you? Did she really send you a set of knives???? So Dexter of her. Hahahaha.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - Ha ha - you nailed it on the head - just wait until she reads all the comments... then she will be the blusing housewife! ;) Glad you liked the story!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sunshine625 - It is amazing how you can meet some of the greatest people online and feel like you have known them without ever actually meeting them. Real is a great person inside and out. Her writing is attention grabbing and her comments are icing on the cake. Hope you like what you see. She is one of my favorites around here... but she is also the foot that kicks me in the butt when I start slacking! She keeps me motivated! Gotta love that girl!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Austinstar - The set of knives actually came from my parents - who are currently enjoying my own knives because I was afraid of cutting myself on them when I unpacked months later after packing them (and my husband said they were rather dull!) So, we figured it was something that we could replace when we found our own place.

The gift I got from Real was not actualy mentioned. I didn't want to have her targeted by any creepy people. But you are very observant noticing I didn't actually say what it was! :)


Shel 5 years ago

Please send Real Housewife a nice shiny roll of gift paper in return. ;)


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

BG

What a great hub and beautiful story. Both of you girls are awesome. I have a little family of hubbers that I consider special. As you've probably figured out, both of you are in that small special group. I was drawn to you both early on because the three of us have an off color sense of humor, and crack up at things that gross normal people out sometimes. Realhousewife IS something very speicial, and you are too. Mike (Oldpoolman) my neighbor and closest friend, and I have talked about putting a kind of hub reunion together either out here or in Vegas where the inner circle gang, probably six or seven people and their families would get together and break a few things. Just doin the things good rock stars are supposed to do.

You guys are very close and will get closer. You're both the cream of the crop and the cream all rises to the top. Love the both of you. (in a healthy, non creepy sort of way)

jim


marellen 5 years ago

That was a nice gesture from Real and a quality of a nice person. Isn't it great that we can feel so close to someone and never physical meet. Its almost like having a pen-pal.....BBG, thanks for sharing.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Awesome!! I, too, have met very good friends online, without even searching for them! Two came from Etsy, and the third, well, that dates back a little over a decade...and happens to be my husband! :-)

And you are right--you do need to be careful and use common sense about what you share, with whom, and how soon.

Cheers!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I am so happy that she was able to do that for you guys! RHW you really are spectacular!!! But barbergirl, you deserve it as well. So do those kids! Seeing them happy almost brings tears to my eyes and so even though I did not get to witness it I have to say thank you to RHW as well. She has been amazing to you and the kids and to me as well. RHW you are a very very very special person!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Shel - I will have to send her something - that is for sure! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, you are always full of such wonderful stuff to say. I am sure both Real and I love being a part of your circle of friends. Of course, having a similiarly horrible sense of humor always helps. I mean - come on - who doesn't find bodily functions absolutely hilarious. I love you idea of a get together... if Vegas is the go to spot I am in for sure. Besides, I have never really "gone" to Vegas so it might be fun to go there and break some stuff! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Marellen - I think that is what the world is coming too... since having penpals almost seems out of the ordinary (after all, who really sends snail mail anymore) we seem to substitue with online friendships. Whether it be through our writing or just social networking. I had a very similiar thought to that as well!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@DzyMSLizzy - what a cool little story. I am glad that you have found people on line that you have grown to love as well. It just goes to show, you never know where you will meet someone. I guess that is when you just have to let that gut feeling take control. It will guide you to some amazing friends!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - you are spot on. She sure did light up there eyes. I swear - it was like they have never gotten candy or presents before. She is a great person, especially since she knew exactly what each kid would like. They have spent a good portion of the night playing with their books already! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG! Omg! Thank you! I actually had just sent an email saying - I've got to check out hub - I've been running around all day! So - now I'm lmao:).

You are a great person and you have a beautiful family - I assure you - the pleasure of sending something was truly mine. I have seen videos of the kids and read your hub articles and there are some people we become attached to. Online or not - there have been days when some of you have given me helpful advice or a laugh - it's worth a bunch to me.

I do appreciate all the nice comments too - I was just getting a kick out of knowing I'd surprise barbaergirl.

And yeah - everyone should take your advice and be very careful about who you give person info to. Just saying!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Glad your getting a laugh out of it.... I just couldn't resist when you emailed me and said an ugly pink package. It really wasn't that ugly when it got here... but I thought... what a perfect hub idea. So I made sure when the kids got home, I got the camera all ready and we digged in. LOL - it was so much fun.

As for beware - you can say that again. I know exactly what you are referring to! But I am glad that you aren't a creeper! LOL - my gut instinct told me that right away. :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ha! Well I was worried when you said you got that unmarked package!! I knew it wasn't mine! And that pathetic looking box - I should have bought clear tape! So - Shel up there is close - but it would better serve us if you sent me clear packing tape! Clear! Lol

I was so excited though to hear what the girls had to say! I knew the Princess book was perfect for Bella - and Sydney spotted the Art book for Abby. We had a blast looking at all that stuff while Madison was in gymnastics. The candy store? Awwwwww - it was cool! But tricky to find stuff that can be mailed - so of course I wanted to mail the impossible - ice cream! Haha! That was real fun BBG!


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Soldieringon 5 years ago from Hemet, CA

What an amazing hub, and an amazing friend that you have in Real.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I can just imagine you guys going through and looking ever so closely at every piece of candy just to imagine what would be perfect. Ice Cream was perfect. On a side note - never send cotton candy. We had some that we stuck in the trunk. Let's just say it disappeared. Like the bag was never opened and days later it was totally gone! It just disappated into thin air. So, if you ever get a blown up bag in the mail and wonder why it's empty. I bet someone tried to send cotton candy! LOL

Clear Packaging tape - yep - that is probably better than wrapping paper! LOL - It would definately make the pink box look so much prettier... Wait - do they have tape with flowers on it! LOL That would be even better. Great - now I am on a mission to see if I can find creative packaging tape... is that even legal. I need a post it note for all these things I have to get done! ha ha


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Soldieringon - Thank you... Real is pretty amazing! I am glad she found me and stalked me! :)


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

Pretty, pink and sooooooo precious. Thanks for sharing.

Great!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a fun hub! The package didn't look all that ugly! Thanks for the great idea. Just putting a care package together for my college boy. He will love ice cream in the mail. (I do always send him silly things like coloring books, fake tatoos, anything Sponge Bob.)


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A beautiful hub to share. I vote up without a doubt and look forward to reading many more hubs by you.

Thanks for sharing this gem with us.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PenMePretty - Glad you enjoyed it! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Truckstop Sally - What a fun thing to do! I hope you find some fun stuff to send him... but thank Real for the ice cream idea. That is completely her gem! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Eiddwen - I am glad that you enjoyed it. Don't miss out my next one. I should be hitting publish sometime before the night is over. This one is more sentimental... but the next one will have you laughing.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

And it cracks me up that you put the bit about the box of unmarked knives you received. Hoping I didn't think the kids were going to have fun with those! Hahahaha! And I bet your kids were hoping that was t their surprise either! Sheesh! How funny it worked out that way....but nope...no sharp objects. This time. But Max is getting older, more mature - in these parts it would be about time for him to be getting his first pocket knife! Lol. J/k


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Barbergirl, I enjoyed your hub and I smiled so much reading realhousewife's reaction and comment. What a great friend you are!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Well, you know - I did have to drive the point about you not being a creeper. The only way I could do that was by pointing out you didn't send sharp objects to kids... lol... but, you know, they are getting older so maybe next time. What am I saying - I don't need anymore knives! LOL... oh yeah - get ready - I am about to post my next hub!!! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cloverleaf - Glad you enjoyed the hub... Real is a great person - both inside and out! I just couldn't help but share that with everybody! :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

What a heartwarming tribute, barbergirl, to both Kelly and yourself. I am delighted you found each other. With the fun back-and-forth messages that must be going on between you two, you will have more than enough material to write more hubs about - maybe even a book or two.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

That was awesome...i tend to poke ugly pink packages with the (eraser) end of a pencil before opening as I always fear it may be a holiday fruit cake...and without sharp knives to protect yourself... I am off to read about redneck housing appliances...then I'm gonna send Real my address...hope i don't get fruit cake...


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@drbj - Real is inspirational. She helps me form some of my greatest ideas. Whether it is because she mentions something funny or because she tells me I should do a review of the Booty Pop. I am greatful that I have met such wonderful people here on hubpages. :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ThoughtSandwhiches - Luckily for me - I know have two blocks full of very sharp knives... so, in case of a fruitcake attack, I will be safe! I never thought of pink packages being filled with fruit cake though. I guess maybe that is because I have never actually gotten a fruit cake before. But if you send me your address, I will try to send you a fruitcake! I promise - it will be the best fruitcake ever! LOL


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

I believe my pink package-fruitcake connection originated in childhood... Aunt Gert (yeah, that was her name) sent us one. Three years later...the half-unwrapped ugly pink wrapped confectionery item of terrorists...still sat in our pantry. Mocking us. Daring us to try for the toss-out.

I believe in the end...we moved...leaving the half-unwrapped ugly pink wrapped confectionery item of terrorists to the landlord and HAZMAT teams to deal with. Yes...one more security deposit willingly left on the table for fear of fruit-cake attack.

I am going to send you my neighbor's address...I will then monitor first responder calls from my garage...


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Hmmmmm.... it just makes me wonder... are fruitcakes more dangerous than the garden gnomes currently preparing for an attack?? (If you don't get this - look through my hubs for Beware: Danger is Lurking in you Backyard!) And 2: I wonder if there is something useful that can be done with fruit cake so that it doesn't go to waste. For instance - shooting practice.... or maybe you can get one of those food savers, seal it, and then use it as a holiday wreath. Oh yeah, speaking of decorations, you could cut a hole out of the middle and use it as a candle holder. Brilliant - too bad you left the fruitcake when you moved. It would probably be in prime condition!!!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Damn BBG,

I am SO behind (by weeks) on my reading and I haven't caught up at all now because I read every word and comment here and LOVED IT! I can always count on you and Kelly for some good laughs. You both are great women. Awesome fun hub!!! Definitely cheered me up today!

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - I know what you are feeling right now... I feel like I haven't been too good of a follower lately because I have been so busy with my workout. I have gotten my writing in, just not my reading in.

Glad this could cheer you up. Kelly is truly an angel (even though she will deny it!)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a sweet thing to do...mailing you and your kids a welcome package. RealHousewife sounds like a caring person and it is so nice that the two of you connected in a real way because of writing on HubPages. It is a great community of writers and real friendships can definitely develop over time. Up, useful and interesting votes.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - It just goes to show you shouldn't discount the people you find online. They may be far away, but a true friend is not hard to mistake! :)

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