Magazine-style, just what I wanted. :)
It was Saturday evening, right after Maricar and Glover's wedding, when I picked up Grace's album from my Mom's office where it was delivered. I was already tired and sick then, and home was still an hour away. I could've actually dropped by Mom's office the next day, but I couldn't wait because I promised Grace I was going to give the album to her within that week.
I was extremely excited to hand it to Grace. I opened the package as soon as I got home, but I was very disappointed with what was in it -- photos mounted in the pages of a leather album. It looked nice, alright, but it wasn't what I wanted.
I cried in utter disappointment. I guess, everything just piled up in one big ball of emotion. I was tired, sick, and disappointed. And at that very moment, I felt helpless. I sobbed, like a lost little girl. Mom rubbed my back without saying anything, like what many moms do when their little girls cry, trying to comfort me.
You see, all my wedding albums are magazine-style, bound in leather padded magnetic covers. What the printer sent me was an album with photos mounted on its pages.
This arrived today. The other album arrived last week.
"I can't accept this." I told the manager (of the company where I have these albums made) first thing Monday morning. "If you will return it," she said with such sad voice, "I will have to pay for it." I couldn't let her do that, especially because these albums probably cost half her monthly salary. So I ended up paying for two albums, one I did not order.
But she was very apologetic, reprinted my layout immediately, and promised it will arrive in Cebu today. And it did.
Grace got the albums tonight and she was very happy. And oh, she decided to buy the other album and I gave it to her at half the price. I've been thinking what I'll do with that album and I'm glad Grace got it for her in-laws.
I needed to tell this story because this taught me to be more patient, to be more understanding, to be more considerate. This also made me appreciate more how people could be very helpful and kind -- from the printer manager to the courier guys -- who all made sure the album gets to me before I fly back to Manila.
Big thanks to CBB for his special participation in this story. LOL.