|Benjamin's Birth Day|
He has two wishes for his birthday. The first is a laptop computer of his own. He needs it for school, and the desktop computer the boys share is dying a slow-but-loud death, so Michael picked up a new laptop down in Hong Kong today on his business trip (quite a bit less expensive than Shanghai due to the high import duties in China).
His second wish is one I need help for. Today I took Ben with me to get the ingredients for his Mama-made birthday cake. He was chattering away with excitement about his big day and told me that the month of July is his favorite EVER. His birthday is June 30, so I had to ask why the sudden love of July. His response nearly broke my heart - because the mail takes so long to get from America to China and so all his birthday cards would come in July instead of June. He was practically singing with happiness about all the cards he was going to get.
Now here's the thing, I don't think Ben has ever received more than a handful of birthday cards in his whole life. Most are from my Mom and Dad. So I don't know what makes him think he's going to get a deluge of mail this year, but by golly I can try and grant his wish.
If you're reading this and you're a friend or family member, then you probably already have our address (hint: check the back of our Christmas card!). Can I ask you to please grab an envelope and some paper and write him a little birthday greeting, maybe add a doodle of a soccer ball or a dog, and then add $1.10 worth of postage and mail it to Benjamin Chase, Birthday Boy? Even a postcard would do the trick, but I won't say no to an actual store-bought birthday card.
If you don't have our address and still want to play along, please email me (hrosechase at gmail dot com) and I will send you our mailing address. I don't want to post it here publicly. Thank you, thank you, thank you. While Nathan is all about the technology, Benjamin is certainly more old fashioned, loving board games, playing in the great outdoors, drinking hot tea, and evidently delighting in receiving hand-delivered birthday mail! If you include your return address, Benjamin will indeed write you back. He's cool like that.
|Ben, the almost-ten-year-old with Lucy Rocket, saying, "Please send mail!"|