In the middle of teaching my phone rang. I had the ringer on silent and had no intention of answering it. I figured it was someone trying to sell me airduct cleaning. I did notice that it was a very local number, so I forced the call to my answering machine. When I checked my message during the break, I quickly understood that it was actually a message from my neighbour.
She explained that two newspapers had been delivered to her house. She thought it might have been mine. When I answered that I haven’t taken delivery of the newspaper in quite some time, she started wondering aloud about it. She explained that one paper was on her porch and the other was in her bushes. I listened to her theories but really couldn’t respond. These kinds of things stress her out. She doesn’t even like it when the mail truck makes a poor three point turn into her driveway.
Actually, I guess what really happened was that the first attempt at delivery ended up in her bushes and knowing that she was very likely to complain, they decided to deliver another newspaper to her porch rather than even attempt to retrieve the first one. I don’t know whether I should applaud their problem solving skills or roll my eyes at their laziness or their obvious disinterest in trudging through the snow. If they deserve any break, it could be that it was actually dark when they delivered the newspaper, and they might have found it difficult to track it down……maybe.
In the end she offered me the paper. While any windfall is deserving of a Perfect Moment, that isn’t quite it. What made it a Perfect Moment was that the complete Toronto Maple Leaf schedule for the shortened 2021 season was in this particular paper. I am unsure why they thought Tuesday was the day for this rather than Monday, but since they employ sketchy delivery drivers, I shouldn’t expect any logic anywhere else in the company. I would have found the schedule online when I needed it, but to be given a gift like this seems like a fantastic omen.
That is how I am going to look at it.