Subscription Boxes are all the rage these days, and I’ve joined in with glee. A whole new generation of people is learning about the joys of receiving a box of goodies on their doorstep.
Receiving packages is nothing new, of course, as there have been plenty of subscription boxes and mail order catalogs in the past.
Who gets mail order catalogs anymore? I sure don’t.
These days subscription boxes are enhanced by sharing the goodies with everyone and anyone online. It’s fun to “reveal” the contents with with perfect strangers online? (Hi Perfect Strangers – I love you!)
There are groups on Facebook just for revealing the latest goods, and groups associated with specific clothing retailers so you -yes you- can benefit from a seemingly intimate relationship with the retailer. I belong to several, and heavens knows, enjoy them all. There’s a true camaraderie celebrating a particularly wonderful piece of clothing with other women.
Then the credit card bill comes in, and indescribable camaraderie quickly turns to ouch.
On the other hand, my favorite subscription box doesn’t cost a thing.
And you can’t get one.
It’s a box I get from a friend.
We met nearly twenty years ago at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and hit it off immediately. Since then our homes have been on opposite sides of the country, and we are rarely in the same place at the same time.
“You were just in Vegas for a conference? I’m headed there in a couple of weeks for the same.”
Bonded by a love of reading and writing, however, we have been sending boxes of books back and forth across the country for at least fifteen of those (gulp) almost twenty years.
I always have an empty box near my favorite reading chair. When I finish a book, it goes in the box. And when the box is full?
It travels to my friend across the country .along with anything else I’ve found that’s interesting.
My friend does the same thing, although I have to say, she’s a whole lot more consistent with sending boxes.
And her boxes are often more interesting than the ones I send. Here’s an example.
The “fashion mistake” was a shirt that didn’t work for my friend. It’s was a cute maroon tunic that I wore the next day with leggings and boots – right on the mark for current fashion.
And books! Plenty of books! Interesting fiction and poetry.
And lest you think that sending books across the country is too expensive, I invite you to discover the most wonderful pricing of “Book Rate” at the Post Office. If your package is just books, it’s much more affordable than First Class.
This is a lovely tradition shared by two good friends.
What kind of things do you do to celebrate your friendship?