Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Return to Sender. Address Unknown.

We had a letter returned to our mailbox yesterday with handwritten, Not At This Address. It was actually a card, a Christmas card sent to a very old former workmate of R's. We guess she has died. She last was living with her daughter. We never saw her after she retired but we always exchanged Christmas cards. R put the unopened envelope on the shredder but just on whim, I thought I would open the card to see what he wrote.

Inside R had written, Best wishes for 2018. So that means we sent the card for Christmas in 2017. Where has the card been all that time? Why has it suddenly turned up? Someone going through a deceased person's estate?

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  1. Drr-rrt Drr-rrt Drr-rrt ...

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    1. Sorry Tasker, I am puzzled.

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    2. I was singing along with Elvis Presley.

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    3. ... which is rather insensitive I know, and apologize.

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    4. Ah, very good.

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    5. Drr-rrt Drr-rrt Drr-rrt sounds more like the theme to Jaws to me. I just can't hear it as Elvis's Return to Sender.

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    6. I listened to the Elvis song and now I get it.

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  2. Almost two years is a long time for that to have sat someplace. On that kind of "personal" mail, I wrote to the sender after my parents died, to let them know they were gone. I found cousins I never knew existed by doing that.

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    1. Travel, it is disappointing that her daughter did not use her mother's address book and let us know. Well done you.

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  3. In the old days, people _apparently_ used to write out cards by hand and hang the cards they received on string, stretched out in front of the brick fireplace in the lounge room. Can you believe that??

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    1. Believe it Hels? Of course. R and my first flat had a fireplace and yes, a string with cards hung from the mantle piece.

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    2. I remember cards pegged to the Christmas Tree amongst the ornaments when I was very young.

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  4. Always so sad when this happens and the card languishing, unloved and abandoned. It has a story to tell.

    XO
    WWW

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  5. Why on earth did her family upon seeing this and sending it back, not write to you at least
    I recall going through Jack's mother's address book and writing a short note to each person when she passed.
    Is this small act of kindness now gone from our society?

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    1. Maribeth, that is what people should do.

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  6. Wow. The whole situation is odd, isn't it?

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  7. Perhaps it languished behind a sorting machine at the post office?

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    1. Jackie, that is quite possible, but given the nature of the mail, I think not.

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  8. I wonder if there was some discord in this family.

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  9. My friend moved from Chicago to Las Vegas last year. I did not have her new address so sent her B'day card to the old one about 3 weeks after she moved. I know the P.O. will forward mail for 6 mths or so. It was returned weeks later with " Not at this address" hand written on it. I saved it and mailed it in a fresh envelope later once she had contacted me with her new address etc.

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    1. Jan, here we have to pay for mail redirection. At least it was returned to you and not just thrown in a bin.

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  10. The possibilities are endless Andrew, amazing that it came back at all really!

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  11. HAHAHA ! that's really snail mail ! Somebody here got a post card from 1919 saying to his family that he is in good health. but when the card arrived he had passed away ! That's the mail !

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    1. Gattina, I shouldn't laugh, but I did.

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  12. It really makes you wonder what happened to it. I've written "not at this address" on mail that was incorrectly delivered to our house, and then I drop it in a mailbox or take it to the post office. Perhaps that puts it into limbo indefinitely, who knows? I wonder if that's what happened and R's co-worker is actually still alive and at that address, but the card was simply delivered to the wrong place by accident?

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    1. Jenny, it shouldn't be an issue if the return address is on the mail, as was ours. Given her age, it is very likely that she has died.

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  13. I do hope that our post office isn't that slow - but wouldn't be entirely surprised if it was. If that is the case perhaps the home has been sold (after the addressees death or move to a retirement/nursing home?).

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    1. EC, that is what I think now. She went into care and left unopened mail. Now her estate is being finalised.

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  14. Possibly it had slipped down behind a large piece of furniture, like a bookshelf and was only found when a new family moved in.

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  15. Did you smell the card? Maybe a scent would say something about where it has been. I like mysteries like that and would likely be plugging in the address to google, or the intended receivers name into google to see if an obit turns up.

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    1. Strayer, no, we didn't smell the card but you are correct. It could have had an odour. I don't know why I haven't guggled for an obit. I forgot I could do that.

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