Many thanks to all of you who have already mailed all your swap matches their packages. It makes me happy, them happy, and probably feels good too! And I am excited for each person who has already received all their swap matches too.
Something tells me that many, many, many of you, however, have only sent charms to or received charms from some of your matched swappers, but not all. If you have not yet emailed me to tell me about it, please do so NOW: EMAIL MARY!!
I am happy to run interference for you if you are sick or have a good reason for not mailing yet. People get sick, have deaths in the family, etc. Let me know and I will ask all your swappers to wait. But if it just keeps slipping your mind, well, consider this a swift kick in the you-know-what to get you motivated! Then let your swappers know when to check their mail.
A handful of the emails are complaints about swappers saying that “they will mail them when they finish cutting them”. Really? I need names! You cut BEFORE the swap, you mail the week after the swap closes. That gives you the three months in between to cut. And to save stamps up so you can mail things!
In April we wound up with two total deadbeats, people who sent out their addresses, got charms, and never mailed any back in return. They were not allowed to swap this time, despite their begging for forgiveness. I hate to be the MEANIE here, but it is simply fair! A new issue this round is people sharing swap lists and emails with others, and that can get you restricted too, so please restrain yourselves.
Now that was hard! It really is NOT in my nature to bitch, despite what my sons thought when they were teens. Thanks for letting me share. Please, no comments telling me that it is OK, etc., but, seriously, let me know if you still have issues with fellow swappers.Sharing Another (FUN) Distraction
Yep, life has been VERY full of distractions this summer. My kid’s group of friends is very close-knit, and all the parents are very good friends too. Despite living in a large metropolitan area, it is like a small town, and all the various kids who connected throughout their school years have become a richly diverse family of their own.
This summer one of the girls in the group married a young man from California. When he first visited here, he watched the gatherings of these ‘kids’ and finally said that it is like a family reunion–a bunch of cousins. Well put!So when that wedding was coming up, guess who volunteered to do all the alterations and management of bridesmaids dresses? Don’t ask me what I was thinking! This is an unwritten rule that the bridesmaid who has to fly into town the night before the wedding will need the most alterations. And that it will be the only day in six weeks that it pours rain by the bucket.
This was a very interesting experience. The lovely Eboun, my DIL whose mom just became a citizen, was one of the bridesmaids. The bride and groom are both Vietnamese, and there were several other ceremonies during the week–gifts from the bride’s family to the groom’s family, from the groom’s family to the bride’s family, and some I can’t remember. Actually about ten days of daily parties, with tons of interesting (and sometimes scary) food. Weddings and food are universally understood, it seemed that the language barriers did not get in the way at all between the non-Vietnamese speakers and the families!
Well the rain cleared, it hit 99 degrees in the shade. We wrestled the bridal party through three dress changes, and the Catholic mass was well-officiated by a set of eleven priests, including the Archbishop of Vietnam. The dinner reception featured eleven courses served to over 500 guests. My favorite was the Lobster in Garlic Chili Sauce. The fathers toasted this first generation of “born in the USA” Vietnamese as they start building their life together. An amazing wedding, for a delightful couple.
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