Today I was on a new mail route, new to me mail route. I have done this route a few weeks back, but today it seemed brand new, again.
It took me longer to find the slot for the letters to go, it was not a natural second nature type tossing, instead it was a hunt and hunt and then hunt some more, trying to remember where their slot was.
After 3 ½ hours of hunting, I finally completed three trays of letter, roughly 300 in each. It is then time to sort packages and try to put them in the order that they will appear as I drive along the route.
When I had it all the mail in order of delivery, I went outside to get my car, and saw a flat tire.
I was so grateful I was still in town at the Post Office. An hour later, with a new tire in place I was ready to begin to find these people in the real world.
Oh my gosh, it is such a riot. In town it is harder than the country, but we can back track easier. I never found three mailboxes, but am hopeful that I will tomorrow.
The house faces the street, but the box can be on a side street, so you are driving on street A, and the address on the mail in your hand is for street B, and the boxes are not all marked, so I rode around some blocks twice and had the mailboxes on the wrong side of the street.
One box I opened today, unbeknownst to me, held a hornet’s nest, I guess that box isn’t used for mail! My car had a few flying around as I am driving around!
When I arrived at a section on the route where there are 9 cluster boxes, the folks gathered around and we all played, ‘find the right slot’…..it became like a game. I loved how they wanted me to succeed.
I was so happy to finally after 4 hours, and only 20 miles, make it back to the post office, and even happier to arrive back home.
As I entered the house, my daughter points out my car is in the driveway “bubble light” is still flashing, going around and around. This is the second night in a row that I traveled home 20 miles with the light flashing.
I guess it is now a common site, a caddy riding down the road, me looking so thrilled to be heading home, tired but pleased, my car is empty and heading in the right direction!