One thing that I still enjoy doing on a daily basis is going to grab the mail from the mailbox. Nowadays I don’t get very much mail but the act of still receiving letters, even if they are advertisements is satisfying for some reason. I remember growing up that we would get a ton of mail and it was fun to take that short walk to the mailbox to get that mail. Our mailman (or at least our main mailman) is named Rich. He’s actually a pretty good guy and whenever he is the one in charge you know because your mail gets here before 10AM. Such dedication and efficiency is admirable especially when you do it with a smile and take the time to talk with the residents from time to time.
I think we underestimate just how much effort a mailman has to do in a day. In their route, they probably have hundreds of stops and they have to make sure they put the appropriate mail in each mail slot. There are different types of mailboxes, whether they are in a community mailbox like in our apartment where it combines all 8 residents mailboxes or an individual mailbox that is set right in front of their house. They have to do each on a schedule and they have to do the same thing day after day. Just think of how the mail system would work if we didn’t have these dedicated individuals.
For today’s thank you, I’m thanking Rich and every other mailman in the world. Thank you for continuing to connect us to the world in a medium that is sometimes lost in our technologically driven world.