Thursday, December 30, 2010

If I Only Had A Plan

I would wile away the hours
Conferrin' with the powers
Consultin' with the clan
All my lines I'd be fillin'
New discoveries would be thrillin'
If I only had a plan

I'd unravel any riddle
For any individ'le
Philadelphia to Spokane

With the thoughts I'd be thinkin'
Trace my family back to Lincoln
If I only had a plan

I would solve the family myst'ries
Publish illustrated hist'ries
Generations I would span
Finished sources I'm on fire
Nothing's left so let's retire
If I only had a plan

Little sister, Biblio, had a very special Christmas present for me this year. A box of family documents, linens, and a Bible for the Fleischmann branch of the family. The "who the heck are they" branch of the family. I have very high hopes for the Bible that belonged to our Great Grandmother Salter's younger sister, Anna Fleischmann. Fingers crossed.

Many of my genealogy plans hang on this box. It was supposed to arrive the Monday before Christmas. "It's very heavy," Biblio said. "Don't try to lift it on your own. Will your postman help?"

My postman is very new and not at all fond of me. You see, I receive things in the mail that don't fit in my mailbox. (This is my second mail box. Each one larger than the last.) The postman has to get out of his vehicle and walk to my door to deliver some of my mail. He's been so aggravated about having to get out of the mail truck, he has driven off on several occasions leaving all the mailboxes open to the elements. (Let me remind you I live in Washington, AKA Water World.)

"If he can figure out how to drive past my house and toss it out his window," I told her. "It will at least be delivered. Just not carried."

Needless to say the box filled with family heirlooms did not arrive, still has not arrived. But wait, Biblio had a tracking number. It seems the box arrived in Federal Way, Washington, but was unable to be delivered in Issaquah and was on its way back to North Carolina. Undeliverable, what does that mean?

I received an email from Biblio with an explanation.

Biblio: Well, the label came off the darn box. It must have been on until it got to Issaquah. Maybe your mail carrier tore it off and swallowed it. Ha. Anyway, it is on its way back to you. Kind of like playing tag.

fM: You know, I can just see him ripping the label off and making a meal of it.

Biblio: I told the woman at the post office that the box enjoyed the trip so much, it wanted to do it all over again. Of course they didn't charge me anything, and now that I think about it, the manager lingered for a moment. He probably expected me to ask for a full refund. . . .I was just glad the box wasn't sitting in somebody else's living room. Some family would peer into the box and say, "What the heck is this?

fM: This is good, it prolongs Christmas!

Biblio: I like a positive attitude.

I am not anything if not positive. And when the box arrives, I'm positive I will have a plan.

Happy New Year All!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fingers crossed your parcel arrives soon :-) Happy New Year! Jo

December 31, 2010 at 12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you just love it - something to get you through those cold, gray days of winter!

I've got a briefcase full of my dad's log books and old passports (he was a Merchant Marine) and some other papers I haven't dug into yet. The passport photos alone are priceless.

Hope your treasures arrive soon!

December 31, 2010 at 4:02 AM  
Blogger Jasia said...

Oh what a delightful post, fM! I'm so excited for you. You have your very own treasure chest coming in the mail. How cool is that? I look forward to hearing all about the goodies inside.

Happy New Year, my friend. I hope you have a healthy and happy 2011!

December 31, 2010 at 4:19 AM  
Blogger The Genealogy Gals said...

I can hear your song in my head! I'm sure it will help lure a plan to you. Happy New Year!


December 31, 2010 at 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Donna - What's Past is Prologue said...


Wow. I wish someone would give me a box. That's my dream come true. I hope it arrives safely and soon. And, not that I think so highly of myself, but I hope that was a reference to me in your little ditty.

All the best next year...


December 31, 2010 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

OOO, how exciting, cannot wait to read all about it!

Happy New Year

December 31, 2010 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Doesn't that postal carrier know WHO you are? When he does deliver, put on your tiara, maybe he will get the hint that you are not just another address!!! :)

December 31, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger DearMYRTLE said...

Thanks, fM, now Ol' Myrt is going to be dancing to your song and tripping all over the house today, just like the Scarecrow! LOL.

So GLAD to hear that precious package wasn't lost.

Your mail man probably did as my Fed-Ex guy who was supposed to ring twice before walking back to his truck.

But I was waiting for him, as I knew to expect delivery of my iPad (Mr. Myrt & Santa DID work together on that one!)

So there were 2 QUICK rings of my doorbell, and though I only had to jump up from the sofa and take five steps, the darned guy was already back at the curb, ready to get in his truck when I called him back.

Oh the holidays do strange things to delivery persons of the world, eh?

Ol' Myrt

December 31, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

The first (irreverent and irrelevant) thought that came through my head while reading your poem was, "I wonder how many people realized for the first time that Spokane rhymes with plan and not plane." LOL!

December 31, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger FranE said...

Postal system is something else. Hope the package arrives unscathed. Love the song at the beginning.

December 31, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you, Jo!

Denise - Yes, I can't wait. My car is frozen shut, so now I'm a shut-in.

Jasia Love - one of my goals is to write more for the COG in 2011. Not a bad start. And I wish you and all our friends good health. This means you Apple.

Pat - I thought someone would hang me for using such a suggestive song.

Donner - I'm leaving clues everywhere!

Carol - let it be.

Jenna - Most days I don't know who I am.

Myrt - Sounds like my mailman has a relative who works for FedEx. Yahoo, an iPad! How fantastic. I love mine.

Miriam - OMG, too funny. It didn't even occur to me.

Hummer - Thank you, hope you can eventually get the song out of your head.

December 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

I need to learn more about your Fleischmann line - I wonder if it is tied to the Fleischmann/Flieschmanns line from the Catskills in New York and the yeast company fame.

December 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thomas - You and me both. I may even learn the correct spelling from the documents and Bible. This is the side of the family with photos, but heretofore no docs.

Could we be cousins? -fM

December 31, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Greta Koehl said...

Now I have images of Ray Bolger, knee-stumble-walking down the Yellow Brick Road, in my head. My mailman doesn't like me (or my husband), either. We get too many books and large envelopes. But to make up for that, our mailbox is in an enclosed entryway.

Hoping next year is wonderful for you and your family in every possible way.

December 31, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger GeniAus said...

Love the song - can't get it out of my head.
Your postman must be related to mine - if parcels don't fit in the mailbox he doesn't try to deliver them to our front door - it's only 200 metres down the drive!
In Australia the undeliverable (!) parcels are returned to the Post Office where one can collect them during business hours.

December 31, 2010 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Greta & Geniaus -

I think we're missing an opportunity here for a new reality TV show.

Rogue Mailmen The World Over!


༒*¨*•.HAPPY NEW YEAR.•*¨*༒

December 31, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Hopefully with the holiday rush over with your box will arrive safely. I will no longer complain that our mail lady sits in her car blowing the horn until we run outside to get our packages - at least we get them!

Can't wait to see what treasure your box holds!

January 1, 2011 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I think your mailman played a sneaky trick on you! Hope it arrives safely and is full of good "stuff"

January 3, 2011 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger M. Diane Rogers said...

Hope your package arrives soon and safely. (Get busy with that plan so you'll be ready & waiting!)
Luckily we have nice mail people here in BC as I get oddly shaped (and heavy) packages too. (None as good as yours though - yet.) Some of the posties here are genealogists!

January 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM  

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