There’s joy in getting random things in a care package

A colleague sent this small tub of strawberries a couple of weeks ago as part of a care package that was filled with delightfully random things for my pantry.

When I say delightfully random, I mean they threw whatever they thought a person living alone might be missing while on lockdown and had it sent over. This included Mandarin oranges, bits of sausage, dried fish, chips (both of which coincidentally happened to be two of my favorite kinds), calamansi, and a pack of pan de sal (just when I was missing it, too).

Getting such an eclectic selection of food was delightful. The friend who sent this is a mom who loves to dote on her children, and receiving a package from her made me feel like a kid rifling through the pantry and pulling out whatever was there. Such fun!

It was a kind gesture, and a cute one as well. She said she thought of me because she knew I was on my own and thought that it can’t be easy, which made me melt a bit because I never thought of it that way.

Thank you very much for the lovely things, and for the sweet thoughts. Once again, I’m grateful for friends who look out for me, sometime more than I look out for myself.


Yvette Natalie U. Tan is a multi-awarded author of horror fiction and the Agriculture section editor of Manila Bulletin.