You've Got Mail

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium

Submitted: June 19, 2017

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You’ve Got Mail

 

This is an essay about mail, post, whatever you like to call it. It is about the sort that comes through your letter box, arrives at your door – not the kind that appears on your screen or your phone with a ‘ping’!

 

There’s just something.....special about it. Whenever I see the post van I can’t help hoping that it’s something good, something pleasant. Perhaps something totally unexpected. A good few years ago I entered a competition to write an advertising slogan. When a parcel arrived about six months later I’d forgotten all about it, but I’d won one of fifty prizes. It’s only ever happened once though.

 

Mostly it’s bills. Or other things along that line, such as renewal reminders, final demands.....you get the picture. Christmas and birthdays still bring cards but fewer and fewer now, and letters, well they are almost a thing of the past.

 

The post van still is the one to look out for. Even with all the delivery companies and couriers, that is the one that means the most. Maybe it’s something to do with the surprise element. Other deliverers tend to message before they arrive, and quite often get lost on the way. Then there are the phone calls giving directions; I have them written down ready in case I need them.

 

And, you know, I don’t envy the postmen and women who work around here. We don’t actually have specific addresses, just areas, and they have to learn the name that goes with each house. Needless to say, we don’t have very many new ones turning up – it takes a lot of learning!

 

The postal services have been in for a lot of complaints recently. And it is certainly true to say it costs more and more each year to use it. But there’s still nothing else that can quite compare to the arrival of that post van!


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