Dead letter

July 3, 2015 at 5:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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The folk at Births Deaths and Marriages are thoughtful.

When their middle letter hits your box, there’s not much to alarm you – save the unfamiliar address and unusual envelope thickness.

When you open it, you find a second envelope.

It says in big red letters that it contains a death certificate.

And that you might like to have someone with you when you open it.

When you gird yourself to slit this envelope, there’s another gentle touch.

The certificate is folded shut.

And when you unfold that, you see the back page first – which contains only your address and a discreet reference number.

With BD&M having done all they can, the final truth now lies in your hands.

Only you can turn the page.



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  1. At the risk of sounding stalky (two comments in two days) this is brilliant. The last line gave me goosebumps.

    • Dear Michelle, with comments like yours, I’d be prepared to wear a GPS to make things easier for you! That last line revealed itself fully to me only after I wrote it. It could have been pure luck. Or 40 years of reading and writing. Or the blinding, clutching thoughts that woke me too early this morning. Whatever the source, I’ll take the win. Thank you SO much for letting me know how YOU felt about it. Kind regards and come back soon! P.

      • PS: Thanks also for your generous retweet! Just spotted it.

  2. I’m with Pinky P. (And if only she were with me.) Brilliant.

    • … And I’m very lucky to be with both of you. Cheers Ad. I wrote this because I had to. And I’m really benefiting from your postive reaction. Best regards always, P.

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