The Post Office (A Pat on the back)

I was lying in bed awake this morning, not wanting to get up. It is raining and cold and I am so warm and toastie here. A thought ran through my head about the United States Postal Service, because I need to go mail all the packages, I spent yesterday (all day) getting ready...most all my family lives out of state now. The thought changed into many and I then decided to come here to express them.

No matter what the weather is, the mail carriers deliver the mail, the catalogs, the packages, post cards and it is a wonder to me more don't get lost . (Maybe they do , but I sure have a bunch here for recycling.) Bills of course never seem to find there way to anyone else but whom they were addressed too..:O) but as it should be I guess.

Back to my point ...I live in a small town, actually referred to as "Heaven's Waiting Room" since the majority of it is occupied by the elderly and our weather varies just as much as the people.

Living on a peninsula the area consists of the Mountains, the lower hills and on down to the flat ground near the Straits of Juan de Fuca and then the ocean. So we can have snow up above and sun down below with rain and fog in between and the mail carriers must be prepared for it all. Wearing out chains and tires and their cars. Many must drive their own vehicles and even have the steering wheel changed to the right side of the car so as to drop the mail in the mailboxes at the side of the roads. Yes in the city portion they even have the mailboxes, we are in the country here as you could figure I reckon.

The Post Office can be very busy this time of year and lines out the door, even though they have a Self Service station where one can mail packages 24/7, all computerized,as long as you use a charge card. Inside they have a wonderful array of boxes to choose from, from the free one's they have come out with now, or the fancier ones so you don't even have to wrap a gift and everything in between, labels, envelopes, string, tapes I mean they try to please and of course make money.

Stamps that are special for the collectors and then the one "Forever" stamp...International mailing is made simple and you can receive return proof of any delivery, tracking is available. These days you can go on-line and order boxes, stamps and even have the carrier come pick them up.

I get a bit upset sometimes with the way people complain about the cost, though it is costly, but they certainly have reason. The fast delivery, the pilots to fly their planes, the equipment, all the employees etc. I really have no idea just how complicated it must be, but I know I appreciate my carrier...I have always left gifts in the box...sometimes a piece of candy, or a new post'm pad, a gift card, even fruit, a small home made pie, cookies whatever the Holiday I try to say "Thank You" for their daily venture no matter what the weather is. I usually recieve a Thank you note and always a big smile or wave when we do happen to see each other. I wrote a hub a few years ago ...

Just the usual Ordinary Everyday Nothing I do Everyday---Why?

and it is about the everyday worker that seems to be forgotten...my mail carrier gave me her cell number in case I ever need help or a package picked up. Maybe it is being in a small country town, but I do remember when I lived in a big city (Berkeley) the mail carrier was just as friendly there, in fact we became such good friends we (he and his wife, me and my then-husband) made a trip together to Mexico to fish for Marlin...

So this Hub is to give our U.S. Post Office a "pat on the back", especially during this busiest of all times Christmas...and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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Karen Wodke 5 years ago from Midwest

Actually, the post office does an amazing job usually. They move massive amounts of mail every day. I used to sell on Ebay and have shipped many many items. Only once did I have a problem with the post office. That's really good odds, if you think about it.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Have you gone crazy Merle Ann, the post office are a bunch of.......just kiddin', I worked there when I got out of high school and my buddy John retired from there a few years ago. It's not as good of a job as you'd think for the workers, management is terrible always hanging over their shoulders and brow beating them. Having ranted about that part I do think they do a terrific job taking care of the mail. I sold on ebay (still do a bit) and always used the USPS with only 1 or 2 problems. I don't think they're expensive at all for the good service. Hope you're staying warm! Peace and Love Tom


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Karen..yes I think they do a wonderful job, thankless as it is from most people...Thanks for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

OH Tom...you had me going at first, you you you! ! !ANYWAY I think no natter where one is employed, especially in a huge business, things are tough and management can be under pressure(I was a manager for a Jewlery Mfg. Co. for 10 yrs. with 25 employees)and I was always pressured by the Male boss's of course back then there were few women in my position...ooops off the point...again

Yes the USPS does a great job and I am Thankful for that...also for your comment...:O) HUGS Merle Ann


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jobister 5 years ago from Anaheim, California

USPS has a monopoly, what they need is competition. If they had competition, they would be involved in enhancing mail delivery.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

We depend on the post office on delivering our products within the USA and interantional packages, and of the hundreds of packages we have shipped, I think maybe two or three have been lost, and one it wasn't the post office's fault, the customer gave us the wrong mailing address. Our local office is super friendly, and have helped us when we had shipping challenges with our system here at home (we print our own labels).

They are amazing, the boxes are FREE, while with UPS or FEDEX one has to purchase the shipping boxes, so yes, a huge pat on the back for these hardworking folks!

Enjoyed your hub!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Hi G-Ma Johnson,

I was so glad to see this hub because I believe the vast majority of postal workers do a great job and in general they get bad press.

The woman who delivers our mail is wonderful and very efficient and we can always tell when she's on vacation because the sub comes much later. If we go away for a day and haven't brought our mail in she worries about us and if a package comes with too little postage she pays the difference herself and leaves us a post-it along with the package.

Thanks for writing this positive hub about postal workers.


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

jobister...well I do believe they have a lot of competion, the internet for one, and as you may know FedEx and UPS do a lot of shipping, maybe not mail...but I thank you for commenting...:O) Hugs G-ma


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

VioletSun...I totally agree and to tell you the truth I have Never had them lose a package...but I may someday since I said it now LOL...anyway thanks for commenting...:O) Hugs G-ma


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Happyboomernurse...Hello...and I know for sure my carrier is a true loving person. The same goes here she worries about me and even comes to the door to check...a wonderful person, as they all seem to be. Sometimes in the P.O. they seem a bit frazzled but who wouldn't be with so many complaining and especially during this time of the year...

People need to be calm when they see a line or go use the self service which is open 24/7...anyway I just felt they needed a pat on the back and Thank you for commenting my dear...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

Great hub G-Ma. Postal workers do a wonderful but many times, thankless job. Love the new avatar pic. :) Big HUG! :)


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Tom...Thanks for agreeing with me and liking my silliness...I believe many people do thankless jobs and need to know they are appreciated...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Raven King 5 years ago from Cabin Fever

Cheers to the Postal workers! HUGS! :)


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

So glad you wrote this hub. The postal workers needed that boost in the ole mailbag. Good for you!

Merle, what about your fiction? Are you going to start writing it again?


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Reminds me of a funny. I hate getting so much junk mail and you just can't sign to not get it because how do they know what you consider junk so I read somewhere to return to sender making them pay postage twice letting them know they are wasting time and money so I have been doing that and one day as I had put some in my mailbox I was walking back to the house and a large bush hid me from the mail man who picked up the mail so I guess he felt free to scream out a mouth full of nastiness, and it really shocked me cause I could tell he was really mad, but then as he drove on I just laughed and thought, yes, that's how it makes me feel too!


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Raven..CHEERS TO YOU TOO... what are we drinking??LOL Thanks for being here...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

alekhouse..Yes I agree they surely need to know we appreciate them, it is like where my mom lives the caregivers need to be told what a good job they do also, which I do often...

and yes I am working on 2 right now, but have slowed down again cause of the Holidays and my laziness helps...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Pollyannalana...Ha Ha I bet that was a sight to see...I can't blame them tho...There is a Hub I wrote explaining how to go about getting the catalogs to stop!! by doing it on the internet, a lot of work but it works...for abt a year...it is such a waste of paper, ink and mess's with our environment...a battle for sure...Thanks for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

I was just commenting the other day about how quickly I have been receiving my mail lately. It's quite a shock due to the holidays and I'm not sure how they are doing it. There's nothing like getting a real letter in the mail now a days and I certainly appreciate the people get it to me! Great hub!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Great hub! It is a wonderful reminder that the post office is not just some government institution. It reminds us that we get our mail because of the responsible people who do their job despite the obstacles of weather they may face. Great writing about the Often forgotten men and women around the U.S.


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

cwarden & toknowinfo...

Thank you for agreeing with me and realizing as I do many have jobs that we just take for granit...Merry Christmas...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Your Hub is wonderful, and so are the comments. All of these words are a true testament to the outstanding job the USPS does.

I've been using the USPS for eBay shipping for years, and I've never had a problem.

However, many of my neighbors do complain about the slow service at our local PO; in fact some choose to conduct their business elsewhere.

My feeling about this local PO is that it's understaffed, while at the same time each postal clerk takes the time to not only provide the service a customer needs, but also inquire a bit about the news of the day. This is a small community (maybe like yours), and everybody pretty much knows everybody else.

All in all, if I have to wait a while for service at the counter, I don't mind. The patience I give is matched or exceeded by the professionalism and personal attention I receive.

Thanks so much for putting your thoughts into words about these folks who go far beyond the company-mandated in their service to their communities.


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

SALLY's TROVE...thanks for commenting and I totally agree...they are so dedicated and always short handed...never seems enough help in big places like that...MERRY CHRISTMAS...:o) hugs G-Ma


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

It's a good job except for those disgruntled postal workers who went postal and walked in with a guitar case loaded with a shotgun. Kidding, could not resist. These days probably any job that pays money is a good one. Good hub.


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

OMG between you and justom I am afraid to write a hub...just kidding...:O) yes there are good and bad things about every job but I am usually looking on the good side in appreciation of some pretty dirty jobs out there...

I am thankful in my day I was lucky and a hard worker and never was out of a job...Things have certainly changed...Thanks for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma changed


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Kaie Arwen 5 years ago

Sounds like you live in a very special place............. breathtaking! As for the post office ~ I stand in awe, especially when I don't have to stand in line! This was great.......... Kaie


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Kaie Arwen...Thank you for commenting and yes I think they do a wonderful job and here they are very friendly...MERRY CHRISTMAS...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

It's so wonderful that the old fashioned way of sending mail still exists...and brings such joy at festive times like these! :)


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Hi Feline...MERRY CHRISTMAS...and yes when one thinks about it, it is truly been a great thing for a very long time. I still love to receive a card or letter in the mail, not many now a days though.

I am still pretty old fashioned and always send out all Holiday cards, but also the e-cards too...:O) it is fun to at least think I bring a smile once in a while...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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cindizzj@yahoo.co 5 years ago from Northern California

Well its a good thing my package arrived today, finally or I would be disagreeing with you. :-]


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

cindizz...ha ha that sure is the truth...but see they never have failed me yet...hope you enjoy it sweet one...:O) Hugs Mom


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

Nice to think of the guy most don't give a thought to. But then that's the kind of girl you are. hugs.


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

no body...ha ha thanks for the 'Girl' part...nice to see your face and connect with no body...you are some body for sure...HAPPY NEW YEAR...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

God bless all the workers of the world and especially that post-person!


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Micky Dee...thanks for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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