We are often out (or I am in bed) when the electricity and gas meter readers call. They leave a little card and we take the reading and leave it in the window.
This week the card was a bit different. It had a smiley face on it.
It’s amazing the difference that made. Instead of cursing that I had to move the washing machine, behind which the electricity meter is crammed, my face lit up and I went to show Jo the card. What a difference a little smiley face made.
We put the reading in the window and when we came back from being out the next day we found this little slip had been put through the letterbox.
Sadly I haven’t been able to find out how to contact the local G4S to say how good we thought it was and that the meter reader (assuming it was done on his or her own initiative) deserved a bonus!
I too used a smiley face this week and was suitably rewarded. It related to my postcard swapping activities.
When postcards come from some countries they are hand-stamped by their post offices. When this happens the stamp (or frank as it is more properly known) is usually placed in such a way that the stamps are not overly covered with inky waves. Also, because the postcard doesn’t go through a machine it is not damaged.
But when the franking is done by a machine all too often the pretty stamps are totally obliterated.
And the card itself is scraped, covered in inky marks or otherwise damaged.
The other day I decided to put all the cards I had to send that day into a plastic cover and on top I put a yellow sticky asking if the cards could be hand stamped if possible and added a smiley face. I addressed one of the cards to myself to see what happened. This was the result. An undamaged card and a pleasant frank.
Thank you Post Office. In future I shall do this each time.
What a difference a smile can make.