KT had been searching for vegan hiking boots for a few months. Little did we know that finding a sturdy leather-free boot would become such an odyssey. In desperation, she finally gave up and searched for a pair online. (Interestingly, she seems to share some of her mother’s reluctance to buy things over the internet. It’s much more reassuring to be able to try touch things and them on first)
Not too surprisingly, our girl has a need for instant gratification. (She got that from her father) Armed with her tracking number, she obsessively checked the Fed Ex site a few times a day just to make sure they were on the ball with her package. Waiting for her hiking boots to come was slowly driving her nuts.
Finally, the day they were due to come had arrived. KT didn’t know how she was going to manage to wait until the scheduled arrival time of 4:00. In an effort to distract her, we decided to head out for some to enjoy the sun and run some errands. To KT’s delight there was a package addressed to her sitting in front of the door. She snatched it up and brought it into the Jeep and began to tear it open.
As KT struggled with the packing tape, I noticed that what appeared to be air holes and mentioned that those hiking boots seemed to need a lot of ventilation even before they had been worn.
KT ignored my clever quip as she managed to finally pry the lid to her boots open. She yanked it open with a flourish and peered in to find…
a half dozen beautiful Walla Walla Sweet Onions!
We struggled to hold back our laughter at the disappointment and confusion on KT’s face, but it was nearly impossible. Never in a million years would anyone expect to get onions in the mail…especially not when they were expecting hiking boots.
When Shaun and I finally managed to control ourselves, we read the note tucked inside. Whitman College, which is located in Walla Walla, had sent the famous onions as a welcome gift to the school.
Fortunately, when we came back home shortly after 4:00, KT’s hiking boots were waiting for her…and they fit perfectly.
And those onions…
They are wonderful!