And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.1 Peter 4:8-9 (NKJV)
Today is February 4th, Thank A Mailman Day! Think about it, your mail person does a lot for you. He (or she) is reliable. Your bills arrive on time, consistently, EVERY MONTH on the exact same day! Well, not just your bills, your fun stuff too! Do you still get birthday cards? Anniversary cards? Christmas cards? Do you get other funmail like ipsy Glambag or other subscription boxes that surprise you each month? Do your local store ads come via mail inserts each week so you can get the most bang for your buck? Thank your friendly mail carrier! When it’s snowing and blowing out there and you are hibernating inside curled up with a hot mug of coffee or cocoa while reading a good book, does your mail STILL consistently show up in your mailbox out front, regardless of Mother Nature? Thank your mail carrier! How about in the hot dregs of the August summer when the humidity is 99% and the temp is upwards of 100*F…day in and day out with no end in sight?! YOUR mail still magically ends up in your mailbox without fail! Hopefully grandma didn’t send you a box of chocolates that week because it will be fondue by the time YOU get it…but you WILL get it! They are dedicated to their job, yes, but what’s more, they are dedicated to the people they serve. Us. You and me. Your parents. Your siblings. Your children. Your friends and neighbors. Because we are THEIR friends, neighbors, and family.
When we were younger, mom taught us to care for others around us and to serve them whenever possible…especially those who were serving us, whether it was their job or not. I remember watching out for the mail lady through the big picture window in the dining room when it was “that time” of the morning. Barb’s route in my hometown would take her on the other side of the street first, then to ours, so we had plenty of time to have a cold or hot drink available when she reached our house! Sometimes there would even be a slice of banana bread or chocolate chip cookies to go with it. We had a huge front porch, so it was a nice place for her to take a short rest from her route (all walking back in those days!!) and catch up on news with mom. It also provided a great recess time for us since we were homeschooled. I now realize that the reason she kicked us off the porch when Barb arrived is probably because she was craving adult conversation…something about having 8 children underfoot can do that to you!!
Our mail carrier today is more than a friend. She grew up with my younger siblings and went to school with a couple of them. She spent many afternoons and sleepovers in our home. Like my sisters, she got married and had a family. She got to come back to the house daily when she became a mail carrier. Mom was still here to treat her like one of the daughters, often leaving her chocolate chip cookies or banana bread in the mailbox. Greeting her with something hot to drink in the winter, something cold in the summer. Meeting her at the mailbox to pick up packages, hand off birthday cards going out to grandchildren, and catch up on the news. When mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 4 years before she passed, Megan was one of the first ones to know outside “the family”. When she would go through bouts with treatments, medications, and surgeries, Megan would bring the mail to the house so mom didn’t have to navigate the stairs and walk to the mailbox. When the time drew close, Megan kept an even closer watch on things because that’s what she does. When we were sitting beside her during her last days of hospice, Megan is the only non-family member who was allowed to come say goodbye…and mom responded to her. The next morning Megan was the one who brought chocolate chip cookies for mom…not knowing that she had passed just a couple hours earlier, that she would get to say goodbye one last time.
It’s been almost 18 months since that heartbreaking day. We live here with my dad, now and even though we have a new daily mail lady, Megan still delivers our mail once a week. She still stops in for a drink and a snack those days and I still have fresh hot coffee or bottle of ice water for the new mail lady…I look forward to getting to know her better this spring…fresh cookies should help that!
So….today may be too late to stick a treat in your mailbox for your mail carrier, but put something in there this week! Just something small to let them know you appreciate their dedicated, hard, consistent work in making sure your mail is on time all the time! Thank you Megan! We love you!
Addendum from Christine: This was to have been posted live yesterday, but I’ve been feeling under the weather, so I got it edited, but forgot to post. You can still thank your mail carrier all week long….I’m sure he/she will appreciate it given the frigid temps we are supposed to continue here in the midwest!