Entry 4: Valentine's Snafu
Let's start in the beginning:
During my sophomore year in college (c. 2010), I was taking an art course called Digital Design. One of our projects was to design and create a functional pinwheel. Everyone in the class had mild success with their pinwheels because their designs did not allow for optimal spinning or they were too large and thin that they would collapse under their own weight. But one of my pinwheels was small enough to function properly. Although everyone would comment on its cuteness, it was highly commended for its ability to spin beautifully.
Fast forward to my senior year (c. 2013), I decided to recreate the same pinwheel for a few of my female classmates for Valentine's Day. At first I wanted to make about 15 for all the women in my art classes, but then I thought that would lessen the value of the pinwheels. Later I narrowed it down to 10 and finally to 5. The criteria for these 5 ladies was not if I have a crush on them, but rather I genuinely wanted to show my gratitude for them and their amazing personalities. During my four years in college, I had to carefully choose the 5 people that meant a lot to me, and one of them included a professor who would smile and greet me by name each time we passed by on the sidewalk.
After I chose the 5 people and gathered the necessary supplies, I proceeded in designing 5 unique pinwheel templates and recreating my pinwheel that I made 3 years earlier. To my amazement, I completely forgot how much work I put into that first pinwheel! After messing up a few dowel rods and having to manually press the paper pinwheel blades together (because the original device used to press the blades together was missing), recreating 5 good pinwheels took a total of 5 hours to assemble.
On Valentine's Day morning, I woke up when the campus mail opened (8am) and I placed the pinwheels in their respective mail slots. I even wrote individual notes like "thanks for being awesome and sweet and/or goofy" with red text. I felt happy and proud of the pinwheels that I made, and I knew each person would love the gift.
So the day went on and dinner rolled by, and no one commented on the pinwheel. I didn't want to feel unappreciated, but I began to wonder if no one checked their mailbox or something of the sort. Regardless of the situation, I still felt positive about what I did for each of them. Some time went by and one of the recipients replied to me on Facebook and ask, "Did you make little pinwheels for Valentine's Day?" and I kindly replied, "Yup." She replied again with, "Thanks so much!! It's so cool! Even though you said I was weird." To be fair, she was weird, but in a good way.
All of a sudden it all occurred to me: I forgot to write who the pinwheel was from!
In a panicked daze I quickly contacted each person to notify them about who the gift was from, and I was soon replied with thanks. Ugh, I still have the exact conversations archived on Facebook of me dealing with the whole situation. But in the end all went well, thankfully.
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Thanks for reading, and as always, please leave comments and feedback; they are as greatly appreciated as I am for my computer's spellcheck feature.