Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lovin' the Mail Lady

Here in the country our daily mail is delivered by a lady in a pick-up truck. She doesn't wear a blue postal uniform, nor does she utilize those stuffy, little forms given to her by the post office.


She likes to leave me a post-it note and let me know if I have a box at the office. The post-it in this picture was to let me know that she had left a box in the back of our farm truck, so the dogs wouldn't bother it.



She is also full of conversation, has given me gardening tips, and always asks about the kids. On one occasion, when our cows were out, she even offered to help round them up.


How could I ever go back to life with the impersonal mailman?

45 comments:

  1. Farmchick -- Oh yes I agree with you about country mail-persons. Tom is my regular mailman and he shares garden tips, local news etc. with me when I bump into him at the mailbox or when he brings up a package to the house. Sure different then city mail delivery. Also, the nearest post office has the nicest folks that work behind the counter. Just standing in line to be waited on can be fun as they exchange jokes with customers in line or at the counter. Good post -- barbara

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  2. Our mail lady, Jane, was like that too. She retired a few months ago. I don't even know who delivers our mail now, but I'm hoping to develop a similar relationship. :)

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  3. I love it! What a great "traveling neighbor" you have there!

    There's a mailman on the way to town that delivers mail in a very beat-up, well-worn pickup truck. It makes me laugh every time I see the sign on the side of it that says "Rural Carrier" and I SO want to catch a picture of that truck. That's how country mail SHOULD be delivered.

    :)

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  4. I totally hear you on this one. Our mail carrier doesn't wear a uniform either and drives a beat up old car that gets her around. She stopped by when we first moved in and talked my husbands ear off when he was working down by the road. I could never go back either.

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  5. Love this post!
    And I know how ya feel.
    My town isn't that small, but I still know the mailman when I run into him at the store.

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  6. My Dad delivered mail here for close to forty years. They ALL need the 'gift of gab' I do believe. hahaha

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  7. We have the same thing here, except the mail box is so far away I never see him/her. It's so much fun after living in the city. My Angel is mad though, now she can only bark at the UPS and FedEx guys' irregular visits.

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  8. I couldn't agree more. Ours is the same way. If someone sent us something and they didn't put the right amount of postage on it--he would leave us a note to pay .20 cents or whatever it was. We would just leave it in the mailbox for him. There are definite advantages to country life :)
    Amy

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  9. That's rural small town life for you. At first seeming totally nosy then transforming into friendly caring. I've grown to like it. :)

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  10. Amy - Our mail lady does the same for us. She will just leave me a note as to how much I owe her.

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  11. That is awesome! Thankfully here in the city, our mail person is friendly, but not THAT friendly.

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  12. That is so sweet. There are some wonderful things about small town living, I do agree.

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  13. Oh how funny, I was talking about my wonderful mail lady Vicki, at church this morning. I just love her, even when she leave my mail in someone elses box, which is weekly. A neighbor at church returned my Southern Living magazine this morning. She always brings my packages to the house, which she doesn't have to do because I'm over a half mile from the main road. These are good people and we are lucky to have them.

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  14. Awesome mail lady! Having a good relationship with the mail person is an important relationship.

    Loving that People magazine!!!

    btw, thanks for hosting your photo. It was a hit!

    Velva

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  15. Beverly - On the rare occasion that someone has received my mail, they have actually phoned me to let me know. Gotta love living in a small town!

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  16. How true! Living in the country does have some great perks. We have a great mail lady too!

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  17. Lucky you! It's the little things that mean alot.

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  18. I am so happy I found your blog. We grew up in a very rural area and our mailman was very friendly too. Sounds like you have a gem of a mail lady!

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  19. Small town life does have its advantages.

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  20. How surreal to read from over here ;) Makes one glad though to know things like these possible. Please have you all a good start into the new week.

    daily athens

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  21. I see you received THE most important People mag of all--and I must add Ryan Reynolds is looking mighty fine. ;)

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  22. Constance - LOL! You are right...it IS the most important People Magazine of the year!

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  23. How great is that?!?! Our mailman is a bit on the NOT reliable side of the delivery process. My neighbor and I kind of wonder what we are NOT getting in our mailboxes when we have to exchange mail on occasion.

    Enjoy this delightful person!

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  24. She sounds like a fun and caring mailperson!

    Even though I live in a big city I've had the same mailman for 24 years! He's like an old friend. I'll be sad when he retires in a few years.

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  25. I love rural delivery. Ours will stop at yard sales when she spies a good one and we leave money on letters when we are out of stamps.

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  26. My father-n-law was a rural route postal carrier too. At Christmas, he would often leave candy in the boxes of those households with children and, in return, would often find goodies to him from caring customers. This is just one of those little things that make small towns so special.

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  27. I agree - small town or rural mail persons (?) are the best. We don't often 'run into' ours since our mailbox is 500' from the house but when we do there's always a bit of friendly chit-chat. Can you beat country life ?

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  28. Here mail guys (and ladies) are more than Impersonal: they are often rude and lazy...

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  29. Oh, that is great. Love stories like this. That's the way it should be everywhere.

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  30. I don't even get a mailbox at my house. We have these big silver, communal boxes and I have a key. Like a po box, but just down the street and around the corner. In the wind and rain. And yes, I'm too lazy to walk and I drive over there. I'm jealous

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  31. the solidarity is always important, valuable assistance can be near so good people !
    A very nice post :))

    Bye**

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  32. You're so lucky!!! We're small town postman too. Not as helpful as yours but still pretty nice.

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  33. Sounds really nice. Where I live in a big city, not only does my mail man not say a word to us, he is a very nasty person.

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  34. I love your blog. It has a warm, home-y feel to it. :) Also, the pictures are beautiful!

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  35. I just love rural mail delivery folks. They just are so considerate of their rural routers!

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  36. wow, i'm a little jealous. our mailbox is a hour away and i've never met the mailman. or mailwoman.

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  37. This is what makes country life so special! Such a considerate lady!
    Enjoy your special lifestyle.

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  38. You are truly blessed; our mailman leaves packages on the front porch and doesn't even ring the bell to let us know... and he knows we work from home.

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  39. I agree! My mail lady has become a friend...she calls my cell phone to tell me where she hid a box so the dogs don't eat it. She doesn't complain when I am out of stamps and place change in our box to buy ONE. LOVE it!

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  40. In the 38 years that we have lived here in Brookville, Ohio, I can't begin to tell you the number of new postmasters we have had - come and gone - and people at the counter changed a lot too. Some became very good friends, and others just disappeared. I liked the way your mail lady takes care of your mail.

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  41. I live in a small town in South Carolina. I enjoyed reading your blog. I added myself as a follower.

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  42. You have such a GIFT in your mail carrier! Our rural mail carrier is on a mission to convince everyone she's too totally superior to have such a lowly job. She's run folks out of the road, she's plowed through a flock of pregnant sheep and a herd of pregnant heifers, she doesn't close the mail box door and the mail is lost, if the weather is awful, she won't deliver the mail...the list goes on and on. Complaining doesn't help, it just makes her worse. Oh my yes, you have such a GIFT!

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