Poslaju Joy

Nic had gone to the office for a bit and when he came home, he dug into his bag and handed me a Poslaju envelope.
“For you,” he said.
Was I surprised! A present? For me? But from whom?
One look at the address on the top left corner of the envelope and my heart did cartwheels.
Of course! I knew who the sender was.
And immediately felt guilty as hell.
Dotty, you shouldn’t have but you did. Dotty is one of my earliest friends from the early days of my blogging life. She loves stalking around my blog but she won’t start her own blog.
But Dotty has ALWAYS remembered my birthday and that’s both sweet and thoughtful. Yet it makes me feel so damn guilty all the time because I always forget hers! Oh dear. What an awful, awful friend I am.
And here she was, as timely as she always is – with her Poslaju packages. Each year. Without fail. Gosh, that woman must have a memory like an elephant. While mine is like a snail’s probably!
We both share a maddening interest in books and tea. All types of tea.
So this sweet woman had gone to Tokyo on a holiday with her husband and bought me Fukujuen green tea in gorgeous little packs!
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I’ve got 4 types of green tea – Sencha, Hoji-cha, Gyokuro and Genmai-cha. I was prancing around like a little girl with my gift! It must have cost quite a bit, what with the yen rates these days.
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But what I love most are Dotty’s beautifully handwritten notes and birthday card. She always outdoes herself, each year.
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Each card is crazier than the one before, in true Dotty style. Her cards always make me laugh out loud.
And her notes. Telling me stories of her life in the past year. Those snippets of her life will remain a true secret between me and Dotty. Because you see, that’s what friends are for – they keep you in their thoughts despite the long silence. They tell you about big things and little things and yes, many things, despite the curve balls Life sometimes throw our way.
Dotty, thank you for remembering this silly friend of yours. I hope you will enjoy your surprise, just as you have surprised me countless times. And beyond that, stay strong and stay confident that life will always turn out right. And you’ve got friends – yes, even a highly forgetful friend like yours truly.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the friendship we share.
Arigato gozaimas! Even without drinking the Fukujuen tea, I already know it’s going to be good coz it’s full of love!
Here are more Dotty memories!
The year when Austen ruled and when velvet became me.

12 thoughts on “Poslaju Joy”

  1. so sweet of dotty!!! lol.
    anyway, happy birthday to u darling. hv a good one yeah? more nasi kandar…..extra rice!

  2. Happy Birthday Prachett Lover.
    I hope you have interesting times on your birthday and that your birthday will be celebrated more than just by moving pictures. Hopefully it will light fantastic with ok I must stop here. I’m too tired to think/google anymore.
    I just hope you go to bed with a happy thud.

  3. hi mayakirana,
    happy “belated” birthday to you tooo.. another taurusean ๐Ÿ™‚
    a birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.. so enjoy the trip with ur loved ones

  4. Hi Erina, Keat, Niza and d,
    Oops, you must have all assumed it was my birthday. Well, actually my birthday has long past. It was in March but Dotty’s gift and card were a belated surprise. I’m a Piscean ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry this was not made clear in the blog post……..

  5. Birthdays remembered by friends are extra special. But am sure, as suggested in the practice of reciprocity, one need not have to reciprocate in kind. It is a blessing to be remembered but need not be a sin if you have inadvertently forgotten one. Who says one needs to be reminded of friends only once a year when his/her birthday comes around? Irregardless of dates and times, friends will always remained as friends, close in thoughts.

  6. Birthdays remembered by friends are extra special. But am sure, as suggested in the practice of reciprocity, one need not have to reciprocate in kind. It is a blessing to be remembered but need not be a sin if you have inadvertently forgotten one. Who says one needs to be reminded of friends only once a year when his/her birthday comes around? Irregardless of dates and times, friends will always remained as friends, close in thoughts. At the very least, YOU are!

  7. Krista, you’re blessed indeed to have a friend like Dotty. Hey, these cards make a good premise for a novel… Cards between friends, telling a lifetime of story. What do you think? Boleh pakai or not. Happy belated Birthday!

  8. Hi Kate: You’re right. Are you still travelling the length and breadth of Malaysia? Stop over in Penang. Yes, yes, I am now back on Yahoo. Meet me online sometime?
    Hi Lydia: Yes, I am supremely blessed with so many friends, both online and offline. Sure, you can pakai them for your Eh Poh Nim stories! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Alison: Hi woman! From one cat fan to another can fan. Thank you thank you thank you.

  9. It’s interesting what the humble mail service has to offer :o). I’m usually disappointed to see my letter box empty. Having the mailbox filled with bills is another story, ha ha…

  10. hey… nic done a good job, i really love the little calender neh… ^ ^ if ur background in white to grey tone or magenta will be great… (greedy me wish to enjoy her eyes… :p)

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