Received my Diploma in Writing for Children and Teenagers

@lelin1123 (15644)
Puerto Rico
June 17, 2010 6:47pm CST
Well today after completing a eighteen month course in learning to write for children and teenagers I have received my Diploma in the mail. The envelope was the size of 9X12 and it says on the enevelope "Congratulations Your Diploma is enclosed." DO NOT BEND. Well low and behold the mailman folded the envelople horizontally and the diploma now has a nice crease horizontal across the diploma. We have a special mailbox for things that don't fit in the regular mailbox. So why wouldn't he do the right thing and put it in the bigger mailbox to avoid bending the envelope? I'm so mad about this. I have put heavy books on it to see if it helps any. If not I'm going to try and iron the back of it. I can't believe the mailman did not pay attention to what he was doing. Has your mailman ever did this to you with important documents?
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
18 Jun 10
First of all congratulations on your diploma. I was not aware that there was such a diploma in writing for children and teenagers. What course is this one about? As far as the mail man is considered, it is pretty sad. But I would expect a college or university to send a diploma by courier or at least put it in a cardboard box to ensure that this kind of thing does not happen. Probably you can write back to them requesting for another copy. Cheers! Ram
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Thank you so much! As for requesting another copy it will cost me $12.50 which I can't see paying when the original was free. This course is called Writing for Children and Teenagers Course and its from the school of the Institute of Children's Literature, which is in Connecticut. I can also obtain 6 college credit to my transcript if I wish too which I didn't know about till I received my diploma.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
18 Jun 10
Hmm.. you can try writing to the institute mentioning the state of delivery of the diploma and tell that in future you will suggest them to send by cardboard and check with them if they can do something now. Usually if the institutes are responsive they will accede to your request. It is worth giving a try anyway :) Cheers! Ram
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
19 Jun 10
I was able to iron it out and it looks alot better but I might just do that. Let them know it came creased and if they could send me another copy. Thanks for your input.
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• United States
18 Jun 10
I don't think any amount of books or ironing will get the crease out of your certificate I think you should definitely complain to your mail office about the condition your Diploma arrived in. Could you send away for another one? That's something you definitely want to be in good shape. Congratulations on completing your course and receiving your diploma! Who did you take your course with?
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Thank you so much! The course was with the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut. I could get another copy but it will cost $12.50 which I can't see paying since its the fault of the postoffice. Its one crease right through it so I will see how it comes out tomorrow once I iron it and then decide what I will do. Hopefully it will come out and then I can frame it. It just bothers me that the mailman was not watching what he was doing. I will let you know the outcome.
• United States
18 Jun 10
I think you could get the crease out, but I think it'll always have a mark through the center?? I could be wrong! I hope I am! Oh yeah, if you can't fix your diploma I think the post office should pay for a new one. It's a precious thing to own and you want it in good shape! Good luck!!! I hope it turns out well!
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@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
3 Jul 10
i had. it was my graduated documents. i send it to my friend in downtown to apply some jobs, but the mailman does not wrap it in plastic. usually in rainy day they put all the documents in plastic so it would not get wet if it was hit by rainfall. but the mailman just forgot and i don't get any apologize from them
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
5 Jul 10
That is terrible because water damage is worse then one crease. I can't believe how they don't pay attention to what they are doing. If they did their jobs correctly this wouldn't be happening. Unbelievable!
@savypat (20246)
• United States
18 Jun 10
If I get something damaged in the mail I gointo hte Post Office and complain. At least this lets my Postman know that they need to be more careful with my mail. I never make a big fuss just a little one, so no one gets in trouble, just a warning.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Yes, I'm like you I don't make a big fuss I just want them to know they messed up and to do better next time.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
18 Jun 10
That was very tacky of him to do that, probably would tell him about it. Congraulations on getting your diploma. My mailman can't read. He's always putting someone elses' mail in my box. Makes you wonder where your mail is. Have a great weekend.
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Thank you so much, Antiquelady! I will definitely be saying something to him when I see him again. Its just people don't pay attention to the job they are suppose to be doing. They are in their own little world probably rushing around trying to get the job done no matter correctlty or not.
@debsgw (256)
18 Jun 10
Congratulations from me too - that's a great achievement lelin, it's such a shame that your excitement was dampened by the careless delivery, but at least it's fixable, a crease not a tear. I think you should complain to the post office though as others have said because you have a facility for larger pieces of mail to be delivered so there's absolutely no excuse for the careless attitude of your mail man, is he jealous of your achievement - or is he really that careless of the instructions printed on the mail he delivers? Hope you got it sorted now and that this hasn't spoiled your enjoyment of your achievement too much. Are you working on a childrens' book now? Look forward to hearing about your next milestone :)
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Thank you so much. I think the mailman was just being careless and probably in a rush trying to get the job done. Instead of not rushing and doing a good job. I am working on a childrens book, in fact I'm trying to get the editing done myself. I have a few other ideas for children book in my mind and some typed already but not completed. Hopefully one day I will have one of my books published.
@oldchem1 (8144)
18 Jun 10
First of all a great big congratulationson gaining your diploma!! What a shame that your diploma has been damaged in the post, would you be able to laminate it to take away the crease at all, I do hope so. But the crease does not take anything away from your achievement - so another well done from me!!
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Thank you so much and you are right the crease doesn't take away what I have accomplished. What a great idea, laminating it. I never thought of that. If the ironing doesn't work that is exactly what I will do. Thanks you so much for the suggestion.
• United States
18 Jun 10
CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishment. That is great. You have accomplished something I have thought about doing, especially now that I am not working but haven't gone any farther with it. We have very courteous mail people here, and only have a large mail box, so no I don't think something like this has happened. Best of luck with the postoffice.
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• India
18 Jun 10
Yes, he did. Thats what all mailmen do. But there is something more important that I want to say here. Congratulations for having that diploma. I don't know about others, but a diploma in Writing for Children and Teenagers sounds great to me. Blessed was the moment when you planned to take the course. I wish I could take some courses like that too. But in my country independent courses of this kind are not available. Everybody is grown up and they write pages after pages for the grown ups. Not many among us gather up the courage to write for the children. You did. Its the most difficult form of composition, I know. In order to please a child, you have to be a child yourself. The brilliance in your writing is quite evident in the few lines you've written here. Thanks God bless you
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm sorry they don't offer this in your Country, maybe one day they will.
@erikmama (12929)
• United States
18 Jun 10
First off, YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on this great accomplishment in your life.I am soooo happy for you! i have had the mailman do this to me, and I agree it is really irritating. Sometimes,as in your case,very important things can be inside the envelope and it is really diserspectful for him to do that.I agree I would call the post office and complain. BUT...I wouldn't streess it to much.Put it in a frame,crease and all,and celerate! The most important thing is that U DID IT! hat are your plans now?
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
THANK YOU SO MUCH ERIKMAMA! I appreciate your happiness for me. I'm so happy that I was able to accomplish this at this time in my life. My plans right now is to get a children's book published that I have to edit at this time. I have started another book about my granddaugher and the funny "GEMS" that come out of her mouth. Since she was almost two years old I have been writing everytime she says be it funny, profound and/or something very intelligent for her age of now 4. I have been adding it into this book that I hope to publish one day. Thanks again!
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
18 Jun 10
First of all, congratulations to you on your diploma! In my country, China, we have no mail box outside our home. If we have important documents to mail, we send them with EMS(Express Mail Service) or other similar services, they should send the mail to our hand, not only put it in a box. Certainly The price is higher.
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Thank you so much! The school is the one that mailed out the diploma stating on the envelope in bold black letters "Do Not Bend" What bothers me about this is the fact that there are two big mailboxes that they could have put this document in and just leave the key in my smaller box. The mailman was just not paying attention to what he was suppose to be doing.
@alaskanray (4642)
• United States
18 Jun 10
P.S. Congratulations on your achievement! :-D
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Thank you so much!
@alaskanray (4642)
• United States
18 Jun 10
That is very rude and I would complain to the Post Office about it. Too many times the mailman is just too lazy to read the warnings on the envelopes. I would suggest you try ironing it. I have pretty good success with that. Just make sure the iron isn't set too high...and put it on steam or spray the crease before ironing. That should do the trick.
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Jun 10
Yes I'm thinking of complaining to the post office. Yes I will be very careful when ironing it. Thank you so much for your advice.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
20 Jun 10
Hi lelin! First off...congrats on the diploma! I would be very upset if that happened to me. I have never had it happen before but I know if it did after I had worked so hard for that diploma, I would be telling a postman how I felt about it.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
20 Jun 10
Thank you so much, JenInTN! Well I ironed it out and it doesn't look bad. Once I put it in a frame it should be good if not I will get in touch with the school and let them know what happened. See if they will send me another copy. Also when I go back to the post office I will let them also know what they did wrong so they don't do it to anyone else.