How often do you sit down with pen and paper and write someone a letter these days? My guess is that if you are reading this blog you are more likely to send an email. I still try to send at least one hand written note each month, but often times I fall short of that goal. It is so much easier to send an email, text message or update my Facebook status. Have you ever wondered how this has affected people who depend on the mail for their livelihood?
Meet Harold, a 22-year veteran of the US Postal Service. I met him in front of my apartment and decided that he should be my person of the day. I have tried to give my ten dollars to other postal workers and have succeeded once on Day 12 and failed on Day 254. This time I succeeded.
Harold is a letter carrier – and letter carrier is the proper title if you were wondering. He took a few minutes out of his busy day to chat with me as he organized the mail from his van.
“Things have changed a whole lot over the years,” Harold tells me. “Mostly because of the internet; less volume.” He says that advancements in technology have clearly benefited him in many ways in his personal life, however, professionally it has come with challenges. “Job-wise it’s killing me,” he says explaining that his hours have been reduced due to the reduction in posted mail.
We walked and talked briefly as he moved through the neighborhood. He keeps moving pretty good too.
He said he was going to give his $10 to his wife. “That’s what I do with everything else,” he says smiling.
He was busy and I didn’t want to be responsible for the wrong letter winding up at the wrong address so I let Harold go on his way. Support your local letter carrier and send a hand written letter today. You’ll be surprised how good it feels and the recipient will be ecstatic to receive something personal rather than bills and junk mail!