In a post office today
PO staff: Where are you sending this parcel to?
Me: The Netherlands.
PO staff: What's inside? You have to declare.
Me: Err... Oatmeal and seaweed (I was a little embarrassed telling him)
PO staff: Don't they have oatmeal in Europe?
Me: Yes, I'm not sure but I guess they are different? They are for my friend and she always buys them here ro bring back there.
PO staff: Hmmm... they are very strict with foodstuff over there especially with milk related products.
Me: She always brings them back, I'm sure it's ok. (frantically thinking- oatmeal has milk in it????)
PO staff: Is it airtight? It's not going to burst right?
Me: I bought it from the supermarket. It's not opened yet and is in it's original packaging (is he afraid that the airplane will be filled with oatmeal?)
PO staff: You sure it's not going to burst? It's not opened?
Me: No, it's not opened and I don't think it will burst. (How would I know? I didn't pack the packet of oatmeal in the factory)
PO staff: Is it dry? It's not wet right?
Me: (Very patiently) No, it's dry. (wet oatmeal? did he think I cook the oatmeal and send it all the way over to the other end of the world?}
PO staff: You sure it's not going to burst right?
At the point, I was about to take back the package and give up sending the food stuff to a very homesick friend for her birthday present.
But he seems to be satisfied finally that I wasn't sending any contanminating bomb exploding oatmeal.
PO staff: Ok, that will be $20 please.
Sigh.. the postage is more expensive than the packet of oatmeal and seaweed.
C, if you are reading this, I hope you appreciate the gruelling I had to go through to send a innocent packet of oatmeal to you.
Come to think of it, why am I sending Nestle (which is a Dutch company I believe)oatmeal to The Netherlands????