Back on January 22, my family helped me celebrate a birthday quite unlike any other. A few weeks before my birthday, I received 50 Band-aids. Junior band-aids the box said. With pictures of lions & monkeys on the box and on the band-aids themselves. Interesting, I thought. Never gotten anything like that before. And yes, I've only had one band-aid worthy injury since then but I did wear one of the jr. lion & tiger band-aids!
The next day brought 50 Q-Tips! I would never have guessed that one had I been asked what was in the package. I don't use them. Never have! Perhaps I will now. One of my children gave it to me. Of course I'll use them. Or share them with Brenda if she needs some extra!I go to work! 50 proverbs! Typed. In 50 different fonts. On 50 separate hand cut sheets of paper. Taped to a wall in my office. Some good ones too! Like this one... " In every woman there is a queen. Speak to the queen and the queen will answer." I think I get it - now if I can just remember it - and use it!
Pretty quickly I was able to figure out that there was significance to the quantity of each item that was gifted, but it took awhile to figure out there might be 50 sets of 50 things coming! I just couldn't imagine that anyone could come up with, much less take the trouble to, continue this process.
Well someone(s) could and did.
I'll not tell you how old I am. I'll leave it for you to figure that one out!
Here is what I received ( along with a few comments & photos)
Coupon - 50 minute foot rub
Coupon - 50 friendly funches (You may never have heard of these - ask Karmen)
50 Songs on CD (recorded by friends & family)
50 Writing utensils
50 Mark Twain quotes (If you haven't read much Mark Twain, you should!)
50 Pieces of paper ( writing paper; maybe you'll hear from me soon)
50 Reeses Peanut butter cups (The only candy that really matters)
50 states matching game
50 Aging brochures
Coupon - 50 minute back rub (AHHHHH)
50 Black jelly beans
50 tbsp metamucil (Orange flavored - not too bad)
50 Rolls of Toilet Paper ( Practical, this family of mine, eh?)
50 Paper clips
50 Nuts ( Yes, someone counted out the precise amount)
50 Rubber bands
Coupon - 50 minutes free labor
50 Index cards
50 Mini cookies ( And I got to eat them all - lasted longer than you might think!)
50 Staples (Yep, they counted them too)
50 Happenings in 1959
50 "Reasons you're the greatest" (Generous family I've got, wouldn't you say?)
Coupon - 50 hugs (Nice!)
50 Black napkins
50 "You know you're aging when…" sayings
50 Interesting facts
50 Twist ties (I think they were running out of ideas)
50 Tissues (Used them all on the way back from Oklahoma)
50 Thank you notes
50 Pieces of advice
50 Pieces of poetry
50 Black balloons
50 Puzzles (2- 25 piece puzzles actually. I worked them all by myself!)
50 Lessons learned from Eldon (You probably don't want to know some of these!)
50 Pieces of art (All originals)
50 - word word search
50 Neckties (These you have to see!!!)
$50 gift certificate (Ordered some really good books from Amazon on African hunting adventures)
50 screwdrivers! (There is a story here)
We never did find those piles! However, after Elliott & I were gone from home, I believe Dad did some cleaning & organizing and guess what... he did have at least one good pile of screwdrivers.
And I got a pretty good pile myself now. 50 more than I had last year!