I can’t believe I forgot to tell you about this yesterday! So even though this is being written on day 7, it’s about day 6, so that’s how I’ve titled it. 🙂
As I was sitting at the sea-side of the house yesterday, doing my drawing, I heard some rustling at the back door. (That’s the door that I think I already told you is broken and I can’t get open.)
I looked up and through the frosted glass, I could see a man there in a red shirt. It looked like he was trying to put something in the mailbox.
That wouldn’t have anything to do with me, so I went back to my pencil and paper.
Then he knocked.
I went to the door and let him know it was broken and I couldn’t open it.
Then, quite unexpectedly, he asked, “Is this Lucy Cove?”
I was awash in a mixture of surprise and childlike, Christmas-morning glee! Mail for me? Here?!?!
I maintained my cool outwardly and simply asked him to put it in the box and I would go round later to collect it.
He did so and left.
Never, since I got here, had I wished that door wasn’t broken like I wished it in that moment!
I couldn’t just pop around the house to get it, either. It’s an end unit townhouse, with a carpark next door. I had scoped out earlier in my stay if there was a quick way through the carpark to the upper road.
Unless I magically develop some decent parkour skills on the quick like, it wasn’t going to happen.
I would have to walk down to the other end of the block and then back to this end of the block (on the back street) to get into the garden and claim my prize.
I was tempted to go right away, but I knew if I left off the drawing without finishing it, I would never finish it and it was something I really wanted to do. Plus, I’ve been practicing telling myself no and this was another opportunity for me to learn to wait.
So I waited – until I had finished the drawing and got dressed to go out for lunch.
It wasn’t easy. Every now and then I would look towards the back door. Or I’d look at the paper and think, “I could finish this when I come back…” (knowing full well that I wouldn’t).
I wasn’t curious about what it was – I’m hitting the big 5-0 while I’m here so I assumed it was a birthday card.
I did wonder, however, who on earth would have sent something to me while I’m on holiday in Ireland?? I remembered my friend Kelly had texted me a few days before I left, asking when I would be leaving for my trip, so I thought then that it must have been her.
Despite the temptation and curiosity, though, I persevered and waited!
Once ready to go, and still not really wanting to go down the block, to come back a block, and then have to turn around and go back up that block (which was the actual direction I needed to go for lunch and errands), I thought I’d take another look at the carpark.
Maybe I could scale the stone wall? Maybe it wasn’t as high as I remembered?
I scoped it out and, yeah, it was high. Too high for my almost-fifty, unathletic body at any rate. Bummer.
I took a gander to the left side of the lot to see if there was any hope in that direction…Hmmm…Did I see a break in the large boulders that bordered it? Did that look like a path between the boulders and the fenced-off field next door??
Off I toddled to check it out. Sure enough – there was a small path that I hadn’t seen before! I scrambled between/over two boulders and up the path to the other road. Then I went through the gate to the back garden and, through a little jungle of flies and webs, I claimed my prize!!!
There was another surprise when I didn’t recognize the handwriting. Kelly and I have known each other for decades now and I am familiar with her writing. This wasn’t it.
Now, totally flummoxed, I looked to the top left corner of the envelope.
It was from my friend Trish!!! That was even more unexpected because she is on holiday right now in Portugal!
I looked at the postage cancellation mark and sure enough – she sent it from her holiday.
So here I am, currently in Ireland, getting a birthday card from Portugal, from a friend who lives only about 3 hours away from me in Ontario! How fun is that??
Take that, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks!!