Monday, March 15, 2010
The End Of A Era
I awoke in the middle of the night thinking I should get up and pay my bills to get in the mail tomorrow while its quiet. I started thinking what it will be like if they only deliver mail three times a week as I have heard they are considering. That will change the way of life as I and many more know it. Mail call has always been one of the highlights of my day. When I was growing up in a small town the mail was delivered twice a day. The postmaster and his assistant closed the window and placed the correct mail in the correct boxes. This was a meetin' and greetin' time for small town people. We would go to the post office even though we knew the mail was being "put up" as we called it. The post office would be full of people standing around chatting. When we heard the window open everyone rushed to their box with expectation knowing their combination by heart. Others formed a line to ask for their mail or buy stamps or mail a package. Even as a very young girl I looked forward to mail call. I sent my film off to be developed from the little box camera. It seemed it took forever for the pictures to come back. We ordered a lot from catalogs and that was always an exciting time when the new ones arrived. Sears, Penney's, Montgomery Ward, we got them all. One time I sent my name in to get a pen pal. Boy was that a mistake! I got so many letters from all over there was no way I could answer all of them and some of them I didn't want to. Some wanted to come right on down for a visit. My hometown postoffice is in a nice new building now. I wonder if people still go wait for the mail to be "put up" or if they have enough employees to keep the window open. I still remember our box number but not the combination. Maybe my sister does if she is lurking here but not commenting. Our mail delivery is different here. We have a cluster of boxes down the street but you can be sure I know about what time the mailman gets there. It is 2:30 or it was. Our mailman just retired and it looks as if the new one is going to be faster. If they change mail delivery to three times a week we will have to be more prompt in getting mail on it's way as it will take longer for it to arrive at it's destination. I for one don't like the idea of mail delivery only three times a week at all, it is still one of the highlights of an old ladies day.