Yes, just like a rose is a rose and would smell as sweet with any other name, a prize is a prize and would be just as dear even if it has a few cracks!!
This post of mine had won the second prize in the ‘Celebrating Myself ‘ contest organised by Women’s Web, sending me into raptures–my first ‘real’ blogging prize! Part of the prize was a Women’s Web coffee mug. Now this mug arrived jingling ominously inside the courier package. Fearing the worst, I gingerly cut the package open and as expected, found the cup broken into a million pieces and absolutely beyond repair.
Heartbroken, I mailed the WW editor, complaining that the cup should have been bubble wrapped and packed better for it to survive a long-distance courier and requesting her to send me another cup if possible. She very sweetly agreed, and I began to look forward to receiving another courier from WW.
Almost a month passed without anything turning up and I almost forgot about it. But then yesterday, quite out of the blue, the postman appeared with a large speedpost envelope. Inside was a bubble-wrapped package. I shook it ever so gently–no jingling! A one-piece mug!
I eagerly cut through two layers of bubble-wrap–and saw to my dismay that the cup was broken after all. That’s right, another cup had arrived broken. Not into a million pieces like last time but into seven pieces nonetheless. They hadn’t jingled because the shards were still pressed in place by the packaging. Sigh!
This time I couldn’t even put it down to poor packaging. Just my luck!
On a positive note, though, the shards were large and looked like they could be put together with Fevikwik. So after dinner last night, my elder daughter and I sat down to see what we could do with it, while hubby took out younger daughter for a long walk so we could work in peace. After one hour of intensive efforts, we were able to put to put all the pieces together(my daughter thought it was like solving a jigsaw puzzle). And the whole was certainly much more than the sum of the parts 🙂
Okay, so what if there are so many cracks–it still is my prize and I love it 🙂