Does This Make Sense?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A perplexing question I would like an answer to.

Does This Make Sense?

My mother was a postal worker on and off for thirty years.  She thoroughly enjoyed her job as it brought her into contact with a lot of people, many who she had known since her childhood.  The post office where she worked was in the valley town she grew up in.  She was a very devoted employee.  In the winter months travel could be treacherous driving the mountain roads descending from the “old town” to her post office.  When snow fell overnight she made it a point to allow extra time to get to work.  Often school would be called off on those days but my mother and the mail must get through and she did.

Today the post office does not provide the benefits for its employees that it did when my mother worked there.I have several friends who are mail carriers but they walk rather than drive their route.  One of them walks on average thirteen miles a day.  Another wears shorts every workday of the year.  This is remarkable being that he lives in Massachusetts.  They probably work the hardest but by no means get paid the most.  The most is for the postal clerk who stays back at the office overseeing affairs. 

I am perplexed by the way the post office operates.  It seems wrong that someone drives to a post office and retrieves their mail from a rented box.  They take their time and spend their money to drive to the post office and have to pay to have their mail delivered to a box by a carrier who never leaves the building.  Contrast that with someone who lives twenty miles from the post office and a mail carrier drives there and delivers their mail for free.  Shouldn’t they be the ones paying for delivery?

If anyone has an answer to that question please let me know?


Submitted: December 12, 2020

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