Early this summer I released my second novel, a historical romance that starts out at the dead letter office. I’d fallen in love with the setting after touring an old post office in the Midwest and listening to the guide talk about how mail that couldn’t be delivered was sent back to Washington, D.C. where special postal employees did what they could to reroute it. Immediately I’d been intrigued and eventually a novel was built around the setting. After releasing my novel, I started getting emails from readers asking if I’d seen SSD and recommending I watch if I hadn’t. I’d never even heard of it! To appease my reader friends, I decided to give it a chance and that’s when our summer took a turn for the better.
Here’s the really crazy part I told my mom that I wanted to watch this show about postal workers so I could tell my readers I’d seen it and she said she owned them all and that I’d love them. (I’m still a little bitter that she’d had them all this time and never sent me home with them before). I borrowed them and for a few days they sat by my TV. The stack was so huge, I felt intimidated. I kept thinking do I really have time to watch that much TV- it seemed daunting. I was afraid they’d be cheesy and then what would I tell everyone that wanted to know what I thought? What if I hated them?
Eventually I did dive in and once I did, I never looked back! Everyone that had emailed me was 100% right- Signed, Sealed, Delivered is the best show. It not only kept me up until 3:30am one night but it also added a whole new level of fun to our summer. Our six kids (you read that right) all loved the show and for two weeks straight we played and worked hard during the day and then binge watched together at night. But it turned into more than just laughing, crying and swooning over the show. It became a full-on Fordham house obsession.
Here are a few examples-
My husband mailed me a love letter from work so it’d show up and surprise me. He’s always been a romantic but this was just so adorable. The best part was he was so excited about it that he called me to see if the mail had come (love that man).
My youngest who is three started calling himself Norman Dorman and calling his sister Ms. McInerney. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing like a baby voice asking me if I have any letters for him to open- so cute.
We all had that bitter-sweet feeling when it came time to watch the last movie. We knew once we watched it there’d be no more and our special family show would be over (until 2020). To put a happy spin on it we sent the kids invitations inviting them to a viewing party. Prior to watching we drank Yoo-hoo, ate Rita’s cookies and had our own Mr/Ms Special Delivery pageant (There were some pretty entertaining talents preformed). It was wild and silly and incredibly memorable. Then we snuggled up and watched our favorite characters get married in Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To The Altar.
Since we finished, we’ve continued to talk about the show and the little kids still play lost letter. It’s a show that lingers on in your heart.
August is here and soon the kids will be back in school and this summer will be just a part of their story. I feel incredibly thankful that SSD exists. We’re a family doesn’t watch much TV there aren’t enough clean shows for us to enjoy and so finding this allowed us to share something unique, something we could talk about and learn from. Something we could smile and laugh over. I loved the morals, the humor and the heart of this show.
So, even though I did not set out to love this show I ended up wholeheartedly adoring it. Summer 2019 will forever be known as the summer our family was blessed to share SSD.
The Living Letters series continues as long as there are stories (or even praise reports) to share, and I'm always looking for submissions. If you would like to contribute something about how Signed, Sealed, Delivered has impacted your life (or even your wardrobe) that you'd be willing to share here on A&D, feel free to email me. Keep the good going and submit yours today.