Kindness of Others
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” -Aesop
I love Spain’s postal system! One mistake I made during my Camino experience is not trusting my ability to communicate in Spanish and to navigate the postal system. Before leaving for the Camino, I spent several weeks preparing boxes of supplies to send to myself in Spain along the Camino. I knew the post office would keep a package for a pilgrim for 15 days. I did not know how long it would take for the packages to arrive in Spain, so I sent them about 3 weeks before my arrival. The packages contained new flip-flops, grass-fed beef jerky, dried salmon, dried anchovies, beef fat, dried liver powder, dried gelatin powder, toothpowder, a small 1/2” X 1/2” soap square, 7-10 soapnuts, a week’s worth of small maps and notes and torn out daily reading pages. I sent 5 boxes, one each to Pamplona, León, Astorga, Sarria, Santiago. None of the packages arrived in time!
When I realized my mistake in Pamplona, I quickly redid my strategy. I had researched shops that I knew would have the highest quality pure foods, so I bought large quantities of these foods and sent the packages ahead to myself. In every postal office employees treated me with the utmost kindness, patience and generosity. I was awed by their munificence! I also was so grateful to receive all of the missed packages once I had returned home to the United States. Spanish postal system: MIRACLE!