The potato-gram count is up to eleven! And I got these nine today.
I think potatoes must be the new care package for adults living overseas. Well, maybe not. It has, however, been a hilarious saga, all starting with this innocent Facebook post, which, believe it or not, generated quite a lot of controversy. There are a lot of strong feelings on either side of the Russets/not-Russets debate.
Exactly a week after posting to Facebook, I received a mysteriously lumpy package that turned out to contain these two hilarious potato-grams from two of my sisters. So sweet. Awww.
And today, I went to the post office, biking in the rain, in order to pick up a mysterious package. It turned out to be four lumpy packages that I stuffed into my backpack and didn’t have a suspicious thought about–though I was curious–as I was more concerned with getting home through the rain before it started raining even harder.
It has seriously been chilly here the last two days! And I swear it’s rained most of the year.
Well, you already know what I found in those four parcels when I got home and dumped them out.
And I can’t say that I wasn’t sincerely touched as well as amused by notes of love and silliness from many people who chose the oddest method of communicating that I know of.
Thanks, All, for the care package, the meal, and the hilarity of the surprise potato mail!
Please, no more potatoes! I hate to think what the next shipments would look like, based on the rate they’re multiplying. I wouldn’t know what to even do with so many potatoes!
As an alternative, if you get an overwhelming urge to send potatoes to someone, consider donating to Care of Creation projects in Kenya, which include a program called Farming God’s Way, which is:
“A program originally developed in Zimbabwe that uses scientifically sound, no-till agricultural techniques combined with strong biblical teaching to radically transform farming practices. In many areas, Farming God’s Way has produced dramatic increases in yield. The beauty of this technique is that it protects and improves the productivity of the land at the same time, with little or no chemical fertilizer or pesticide application.”
With love (and potatoes) from Germany,
P.S. These, sadly, are not Russets. I would be doing a public disservice by allowing you to think so. Here’s some info on the Russet Burbank variety of potato, one of the most common potato varieties in North America.