The box stood out right away.
Lots of boxes and packages and envelopes—of different sizes, shapes, and colors—arrive at this residence on a regular basis. The closest town with stores & services is over thirty miles away, and the selection—while not abysmal, and for many things adequate—leaves some things to be desired. Plus, even for goods that can be procured there, the extra costs of gas money and driving time are added to the sticker price. So, long story short, we mail order a lot of things here, and are on a first name basis with the UPS driver.
But even so, this particular box caught my eye: It featured bright orange colors and was labeled “Industria Argentina * Argentina Produce.” I was quite happy to find that it was addressed to me!
It had arrived the day before, so I felt comfortable handling it (for future readers, this was during the 2020 pandemic, when we would let packages sit overnight before touching them), and I went to pick it up. I was immediately surprised by its heavy weight for its size. I set it back down and inspected it more closely. The contents were revealed in English in only two places, in rather small lettering, and the first one I found was a label that had clearly been affixed later, I assume in the United States: “Seedless Organic Select Thompson Raisins.” Ooh! Now I was really psyched!