Recently I was the recipient of a "surprise and delight" activity that I am eager to share with you all because I want to spread the idea -- and because I want to showcase the writing efforts of a young friend of mine. Below you will find a report about the "Love Surprise Mailbox Company" from 11-year-old Ashley Wilda. I stayed with her family a few weeks ago and discovered my surprise in the morning. Over breakfast, I asked Ashley if she would write a guest post for my blog. Her report was waiting for me when I returned later that night. I think we have a budding journalist here, eager to meet her deadlines! Feel free to leave feedback for Ashley...
The Love Surprise Mailbox Company
A little red mailbox has been a source of excitement and attention in the Wilda family household many times. On several occasions, whoops and hollers were the result of this mailbox's arrival. This "mailbox company" had a fun start, and this is how it began.
When I was much younger, I decided to bless my mom by placing a box, bag, or package of some sort, with a small blessing in it (such as a note, or even a chocolate kiss) outside her bedroom door. Hoping she wouldn't know who sent it to her, I decided to create a new company and dubbed it "The Love Surprise Package Company". Of course, when my mom saw my childish handwriting, she knew at once who it was from. She decided that she would have a package company also, and I received fun travel mugs following my little blessing. My mom insisted that she did not know who the packages were from, when I found those gifts outside my door!! I decided that there were two companies, one was mine, and the other was mom's. We had so much fun sending little packages back and forth.
A couple years afterwards, my mom bought a little red mailbox from a card store, and declared the start of the Love Surprise Mailbox Company. Her slogan is, "Where the blessing goes, nobody knows!" I have been encouraged by notes from my mom, and received many thoughtful gifts. My mom's gifts are the best; she gives us new clothes, flip flops, notes, journals, and all sorts of stuff! Our family has experienced much fun and laughter because of this mailbox.
The mailbox has been used in other places besides the Wildas' house. When my family and I went on our vacation to the beach in North Carolina with a couple of friends, we brought the mailbox with us. I made some coasters, and gave them to someone with the mailbox. Then my sister, Abby, my brother, Alex, and I were delighted when the mailbox was returned with something fun for each of us. God has used this mailbox to bless many people.
We have had several hilarious incidents that have come along with the mailbox and its presents. My sister Abby, who is 6 years old, gives out little trinkets such as clips, which I really have no use for. I have to remember, it is the thought that counts! I have found that even though the blessing may be small, it always puts a smile on someone's face when they find a red mailbox with its flag up outside their door.
Another funny memory happened one day when my brother Alex (age 8) was overjoyed to find three enormous lollipops in the mailbox. Now, we had just received Valentine candy, and my mom had some leftover; so she put them in a bowl. Apparently, Abby had taken them from the bowl and given them to my brother! When my mom found out, she had to explain to my sister that she shouldn't give away things that are not hers. Instead, Alex received a small piece of Abby's own candy. A true sacrifice! This company has helped us all to grow in generosity with others.
If you liked this idea, please feel free to use it! You can do what my family and I have done, or you can change it however you like. I hope that this idea can be used to bless and cheer others, like it has done, and will continue to do, in our family.
So, that is the story of the Love Surprise Mailbox Company!
By Ashley Wilda, age 11 :-)