Oddly amused is better than irritated, right?

13 05 2004

In the middle of this afternoon’s heavy rainstorm, someone rang the doorbell and beat hard on the door. A jolt of adrenaline coursed through me. I jumped up and ran to the door in time to see the UPS man scampering back to his truck. I stood in the doorway watching as he wrestled a huge, bulgy, box into position to lift it. The box had split open and he was stuffing books back into the hole. I recognized the slim, peach-colored volume of A.A. Milne’s “When We Were Very Young.”

Luke! Oh my. He’d said he was going to ship his stuff home. I wondered what had fallen out and been lost between Chicago and here. The UPS man hollered at me from the truck. “This is what you get when you load 20 lbs of groceries into a 10 lb bag.”

I smiled sheepishly and answered with something clever like, “Heh heh.”

The poor man ran back to the house through the pouring rain with his unmanageable load and plopped it on my entryway floor.

I examined the split. “Gosh. I hope nothing got lost.”

“No, ma’am. It split open when I tried to lift it. Everything should be there.”

“Are there any more boxes?”

“No.” He sounded relieved. “That’s it.”

“Thank you!”

He ran back to his truck, and I surveyed the soggy mess, slipping a couple of books out through the opening. Wet. Not good. I ripped the top off and started unloading. Lots of books. Clothes that had been jammed inside without regard to folding or organization. A speaker that goes to . . .? Some other stuff wrapped in crumpled clothes. More books. Many of the clothes were damp, so I started piling them all in dark and light piles to wash them. I felt something solid in his burgundy, corduroy pants’ pocket. His cell phone. Perfect. So much for calling him.

More books. A broken wooden rack of some sort. I spread all the books out on a towel and carried the other items into Luke’s room. I’ve gone through all the pockets, and I’m in the process of washing all the clothes, except for a very shrunken, girls’ wool sweater that could fit a four year old. Hmmm. Don’t ask me.

I know this isn’t all of Luke’s stuff, but I don’t know if he shipped the rest or did something else with it. I won’t be able to find out till he gets home on Monday, either, because I can’t call him. But I’m not going to worry about it. As Luke would say, “It will all work out.” Somehow, with Luke, it always does.


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12 responses

13 05 2004
gaia43

I love that he left his cell phone in his pocket and packed it up and the speaker that goes to nothing included I love that he had a random tiny sweater all packed in with his stuff!

13 05 2004
gaia43

I love that he left his cell phone in his pocket and packed it up and the speaker that goes to nothing included I love that he had a random tiny sweater all packed in with his stuff!

13 05 2004
jeannedamoff

I hear ya. With Luke, there’s always something interesting to love. ;o)

This is funny. In all that stuff, there was one sock. One. I’m so glad I have a sense of humor. Motherhood would be my undoing otherwise.

EZ

13 05 2004
jeannedamoff

I hear ya. With Luke, there’s always something interesting to love. ;o)

This is funny. In all that stuff, there was one sock. One. I’m so glad I have a sense of humor. Motherhood would be my undoing otherwise.

EZ

19 05 2004
ilitherian

i wear that tiny random sweater, and whats more i look darn good in it.

love,
luke

19 05 2004
ilitherian

i wear that tiny random sweater, and whats more i look darn good in it.

love,
luke

19 05 2004
jeannedamoff

I don’t doubt it.

Love, Momzy

19 05 2004
jeannedamoff

I don’t doubt it.

Love, Momzy

21 05 2004
lbsteffy

Soggy UPS

Thanks so much for checking out my journal. It’s as new as new can get and it’s filled with many random thoughts with which you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, nonetheless, I’ll try to keep it clean for you in case you decide to frequent it! I really enjoyed your story about Luke’s big box. It made me laugh for quite some time. I hope you are all doing very well in TX. Send Mr. Damoff and Jacob my love!

21 05 2004
lbsteffy

Soggy UPS

Thanks so much for checking out my journal. It’s as new as new can get and it’s filled with many random thoughts with which you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, nonetheless, I’ll try to keep it clean for you in case you decide to frequent it! I really enjoyed your story about Luke’s big box. It made me laugh for quite some time. I hope you are all doing very well in TX. Send Mr. Damoff and Jacob my love!

21 05 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: Soggy UPS

Hey Stef-neh. Glad you liked the big box story! There are lots of Luke stories in this journal. Some day when you have nothing to do, you should go on a Luke story hunt.

I’ll spread the love around to every Damoff I see.

xo, EZ

21 05 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: Soggy UPS

Hey Stef-neh. Glad you liked the big box story! There are lots of Luke stories in this journal. Some day when you have nothing to do, you should go on a Luke story hunt.

I’ll spread the love around to every Damoff I see.

xo, EZ

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