Day 233: Neither rain, nor snow….

25 Nov

“Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

Many years ago, I spent some time working as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in New York City. During that time I met some very interesting people and enjoyed becoming familiar with the streets of Manhattan. I also learned a few things that I might not have otherwise learned. For example, I learned how to drive a one-ton mail truck, and how to parallel park that same truck using store windows as my guide.

Maybe it is because I spent time wearing that blue uniform that I make an effort to show appreciation for the work that postal employees do. After all, six days a week (at least for now) they deliver precious cargo: letters from friends and family, money and gifts, and all sorts of other things. Those items that we receive remind us that we are not forgotten; that someone, somewhere is thinking about us. For some people, getting their mail is the best part of the day.

Today is Black Friday and it is the beginning of a very trying time for the staff at the post office, the busy holiday season. During these next few weeks people will be heading to the post office in droves and I know that I’ll be among them. And so, this afternoon I brought a Pumpkin Pie covered with whipped cream to the men and women of our local post office to let them know that I appreciate what they do for all of us.

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2 Responses to “Day 233: Neither rain, nor snow….”

  1. Chris November 26, 2011 at 10:17 AM #

    Makes we wish I worked at the Ashland Post Office! I’d like to blog about your blog — would that be okay? I love the concept behind it and the unique way you have chosen to express gratitude.

  2. pieadaygiveaway November 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM #

    Chris,
    I am honored… thanks for asking. Let me know if you have any questions…
    best,
    Karen

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