Sometimes surprises can trigger a new sense of wonder. Take Theresa Waters, who lives in West Texas. On January 6, 2016, she received a package from Amazon.com – one that she had not ordered. She opened the box and found a couple of books, but no note from who sent the package. While the experience has been somewhat disconcerting, it also has definitely sparked her interest in surprising ways. Here’s her story:
Do you know who it’s from?
Nope. Still don’t. I got much less freaked out than my friends and family did about the gift. There was something normal about it to me.
Did you try to identify the sender?
Yes. I called Amazon, and told them what happened. I gave them my package tracking number. All the customer service rep would tell me is that 1) it’s definitely my package, and 2) it’s a gift.
Do you have any suspects in mind?
No! That’s driving me crazy too. I just knew it was my son, Payton. It just seemed like something he would do. I asked everyone I thought would do it and they’re either lying or they’re innocent.
Two books. One is a workbook to accompany a Japanese language course. The other is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.
Had you previously been involved with or interested in any of the items in the package?
I love to draw, so that one held my interest. The Japanese workbook – not at all.
What have you done with the items since receiving them?
I have read exactly 61 of the 264 pages of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I looked at the first few lessons in the Japanese workbook and haven’t opened it again. I would like to learn to write the characters, though.
Have any of the items sparked your interest in pursuing additional learning or trying new things?
Every once in a while I think I’d like to learn to properly write Japanese characters and I’ve seriously thought about getting Rosetta Stone for Spanish – which is related… remotely… to the Japanese workbook, I guess.
I’ve always been open to learning new things, though. I started playing golf about four years ago and I made my first quilt ever a couple of months ago. You know, now that I’ve said that, I realize I’m much more open to new things now in my 50’s than I ever was.
Have you received any additional packages of goodies from Anonymous?
No – I got a package in mid-March – no card or message with it. I thought it was from Anonymous, but then my sister spoke up and said it was a birthday present from her. My birthday is in February, but close enough!
Would you try doing something similar to someone you knew?
You know, I think I might. What I should do is Google and see if I can find a project already underway.
If so, how would you plan it out?
First I’d choose someone who is once or twice removed from me. That way, when my secret pal started questioning everyone, they’d never think to ask me. I’m not a good liar. I think I’d send two things – one I knew they were interested in, and one that would be a totally new thing. Actually, I think that’s what Anonymous did.
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