should’ve known

The other day, a package from my parents showed up on our doorstep completely unannounced. But sometimes my parents send us care packages out of the blue, so Adam and I were pretty pumped. Usually it’s food or tea.

We opened the cardboard box, brushed away packing peanuts, and discovered this.

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Wut. But also, why. But mostly, wut.

We were both very confused.

(It’s also kind of a hilarious box. Between the font and the medical symbol and the generic stock photo white doctors on the sides — should have nabbed a pic of that but didn’t.)

We didn’t open it immediately. Initially, I thought it might have been a mistake. Maybe they meant to order it for themselves but accidentally put in our address in an auto-clicky form-fill thing. Then again, it was sent from the UPS Store, so my stepdad had to go there and tell them to mail it to us.

I decided I would ask my mom about it the next time we spoke on the phone. What is this? And also why?

The answer, it turns out, is such a parent (and I feel like specifically an Asian parent) thing that I really should have anticipated it, but didn’t.

The box was filled with snacks.

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Asian snacks! Hooray!

My mom didn’t know which box my stepdad used, and when I sent her a pic of it, we ended up laughing hysterically about it on the phone.

I should ask my brother what his box looked like.