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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