A Piece of My Day

1.19: WHAT?!

Posted on: Wednesday, 19 January 2011


Dear United States Postal Service,

What have you done with the mailbox which used to be here? Here, on the street where I lived as a little girl? Here, where there has been a mailbox since my first memories of this place? Here, on the street in front of my seminary alma mater?

When I was a child, this was the mailbox I used to try to climb on top of! I didn’t often succeed, but sometimes, I did, and when I did, it felt as though I had climbed to the top of Mount Everest all on my own!

When I came back as an adult, this was the mailbox where I mailed my wedding invitations so many years ago! This was the mailbox where some of my friends would gather to chit-chat (and smoke)! This was the mailbox which was so conveniently located for mailing my bills and letters – so much so that today, I tried to mail something here, only to find the box gone…gone!

Now, really, the removal of a simple mailbox isn’t such a big deal. But I did have to use another box in order to mail my letter. I had to use the stupid mailbox bank in our neighborhood in order to mail my letter – you know, the mailbox bank which was vandalized recently? Where someone pried open all the outgoing mail slots in order to get at whatever was inside? (Maybe since my letter is going to a church no one will mess with it..?)

I’m sure the removal of this mailbox is a cost-saving measure, and I’m sure  the decision was based on all sorts of cost/benefit analysis, right? But you didn’t take into consideration the crazy rocking of my world which would happen when I drove up to this spot to mail something, only to be met with an empty sidewalk instead.

So…I get it. The world is a changing place. Some changes seem big, and some seem small. In the whole scheme of the universe, one little mailbox doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal, and I suppose that it isn’t. But since life is made up of tons of little things, I just thought I’d mention some of the little things which I remembered about this particular mailbox.

Thanks for the memories,




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