Not long after Man-Child went away to college he realized he needed a book and asked me to order it for him. Being the fabulous mom that I am, I did. And had it shipped to him.
I asked him repeatedly if he'd gone to his mailbox to get it. Repeatedly, he told me no. I guess he was figuring it would just somehow magically appear in his room.
Then I came across a shirt that I knew he had meant to take with him. So again, being the good mom that I am, I mailed it to him - but didn't mention it - I figured it would be a nice surprise.
So again, I asked him if he'd checked his mailbox. Again no.
Apparently, walking two buildings over to check said mailbox is far too much exertion for a teenage boy, my bad.
Finally, in a fit of frustration, I told him that the mailbox is a "magic portal" that could hold all kinds of wonderful things. To which he replied, "Is it food?" *sigh*
This, apparently, was enough incentive for him to walk to the mailbox to retrieve his book and his shirt to which he said, "Thanks, I was wondering where that was."
Then, I mailed him a card and a small something. Just to let him know I was thinking of him.
Finally, I broke down and texted him "Have you checked your mailbox?" To which he replied, "No. But I'll do it."
Being in a sassy state of mind, I said, "Why? Are you expecting something?"
Him: "You implied that I am"
Me: "I didn't imply anything. I was just asking a question."
Then I got a phone call asking if there was anything in the mailbox. I played dumb. And reminded him that it IS a magic portal.
Apparently, sending goodies and care packages as a surprise is going to be an impossible task since he won't go check that damn box without being prompted.
As an aside, I wrote this a while ago, but never got around to editing/posting; eventually he did find the package. But just today, I sent him another surprise. I wonder how long it will take for him to find it?