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Bee's Morning Flowers

lullaby by miss-gardener lullaby :iconmiss-gardener:miss-gardener 68 22 Tulip's time II by miss-gardener Tulip's time II :iconmiss-gardener:miss-gardener 42 7 Tulip - spring mood by miss-gardener Tulip - spring mood :iconmiss-gardener:miss-gardener 67 24 celebration II by miss-gardener celebration II :iconmiss-gardener:miss-gardener 144 46 the dreamers by miss-gardener the dreamers :iconmiss-gardener:miss-gardener 75 17 Aquilegia by miss-gardener Aquilegia :iconmiss-gardener:miss-gardener 92 30 peachy poppies II by miss-gardener peachy poppies II :iconmiss-gardener:miss-gardener 75 14
For some time now I have been e-mailing my wife a flower photograph every morning as a small way of saying "I love you."

This morning I sent her your beautiful flower. This makes you a part of a love story that began in 1965.…

This is where I have begun collecting the flowers.

Please Note!: I would like to mention to all those whose flowers I have sent that I do not actually download the image and attach it to my email, but rather copy and paste the link to the flower picture. Of the thousands of artists whose work I have sent, only a few -- a very few indeed, maybe three -- have expressed concern that I "used" their work without permission, but I respect their concerns. The flowers I choose for Bee do not go online and I never claim them as my own (in fact, I include the artist's name and deviantART URL in my emails).


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Joseph Thomas
United States
Here's the thing. Young people in despair terrify me. I feel that I have to do something, or say something, just to let them know that someone cares, and that maybe things will be all right. I am The Catcher in the Rye. I posted this in my journal a while back, and only Lee Anne understood. That's because Lee Anne was there when I talked Jenny out of suicide. The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's book, of course, and this quote (by the young and emotionally troubled Holden) explains the title and also explains me:

"Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be."

~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Image copyright © 2008 Diana Bryan

Current Residence: Georgia, U.S.A.
Occupation: 1st Assistant Cameraman (Focus Puller)
Operating System: OS X Mavericks
MP3 player of choice: iPhone 4! Woo hoo!
Wallpaper of choice: KICK ASS - Hit Girl 1 by `adonihs
Favourite cartoon character: Chihiro/Sen
Personal Quote: "Far be it from us to deny you the comfort and security of your own fears."

This is the story of a cover-up.  Maybe even a double cover up.  It is the story of a missing package and of solving the mystery.

A package from Amazon was due for delivery last Wednesday.  Wednesday afternoon I received this e-mail:

Hi Joseph, your package has been delivered.
Delivery Date:    Wednesday, 11/28/2018
Delivery Time: 03:33 PM
Left At: Front Door

I go out to look for the package at the front door.  No package.  I look all along the porch, I look in front of the garage door, I look in the driveway.  No package.

I call UPS to tell them I received no package.  The woman wanted me to make sure I had looked carefully.  "Yes, it's not there."  She told me she wound contact the driver and that he would call me so that we can find the package.

No call.

Thursday morning I get a courtesy call from UPS.  "Did you receive your package yet?"  No.  "Did the driver contact you?"  No.  She read the address on the shipping order to confirm that it was correct.  Yes.  She will investigate.

Friday morning,  Phone rings, I answer.  UPS woman asks cheerfully, "Did you receive your package yet?"  No.  She confirms the address.  She tells me I should file a claim and gives me a toll-free number.

I make the call.  A voice menu gives me four choices of inquiry, none of which is to file a claim.  I take a guess.  Another voice menu, none pertaining to claims.  I go back to first menu and guess again.  Amazingly from there I can "file a claim."  I punch in the tracking number.  Finally I reach a human.  After going through the details history of the non-delivery, she tells me that because the package was shipped by Amazon, that I must call them to deal with the missing package.  The package that UPS, not Amazon, lost.

I call Amazon, and after a few bad guesses at menus I reach a live human.  I tell him that UPS said I had to file a claim with Amazon.  He said that if a package is lost it is up to UPS to deal with a claim.  I am a little disturbed by now, as in ready to blow a gasket.  Before I can further complain he tells me that he will take care of me.  He refunds the money for the order and gives me a $20 credit on my store card as a courtesy.  Bless his heart.

Later that day, I get a phone call.  It is the driver who delivered my package.  
"Did you find your package?"
"Did you try the green house next door?"
I am unable to speak.  I am speechless.
"I knocked on your door," (a lie -- I was at home and fifteen feet from my front door at 3:33) "and no one answered, so I took it next door to leave with your neighbor.  No one answered there so I left it there."
I am unable to speak.

Saturday morning.  Phone call from UPS.  
"Did you resolve your issue of your missing package?"  
"Well, sort of...."
I gave her every detail.  She's angry.  Good!  So was I.

The driver obviously made a mistake and delivered the package to the wrong address.  Honest mistake, I think.  But rather than confessing to that mistake he concocted the story of trying my door, not getting an answer, trying the green house next door, getting no answer and leaving the package there.  Why would he do that?  If he DID do that why didn't he leave a note at my door telling me where the package was delivered?  

Why would the UPS claims woman tell me I had to file my claim with Amazon?  Or why did the Amazon guy deny it?  My money for the truth is on the Amazon guy.  Why should Amazon be held responsible for a package that UPS lost?

Yesterday the neighbor drops off the missing package.  Well, not exactly.  He dropped of the bottle of vitamins that was IN the package, not the package itself.  

Personal Quote

"Sometimes I feel like a band-aid on a heart attack."
-- Joseph Thomas 2011


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S4MMY4RT Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Somethingguy912 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2019  Professional Writer
Thanks for faving the wallpaper to Periwinkle!
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thankyou for your Faves
Tracy59 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2018
Hello Joseph, I replied to your wonderful comment about my flower photo that you sent to your wife but instead of clicking send I must have clicked remove because I can't find your comment or my reply but thank you so much, you made my day x
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Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018
Thanks for :+fav:ing this Joe :)
Red Red Rose by Deb-e-ann
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