When I returned from Hawaii this spring and drove to the post office to mail a package I discovered our big beautiful P. O. building closed . . stripped of all identifying symbols, standing empty and ugly. I had to ask around to find out that the U. S. never owned that building, but for years was renting it. I shall assume they left the building because of cost. Now P. O. services are located in a large ugly service building that was built to serve as a sorting “depot” for this area. It is way on the edge of town.
I was a little upset about this, as I have been whenever they raised rates for postage. But my daughter points out to me what a miracle it is that for only 49 cents we can mail a letter to anywhere in the United States and it will be safely delivered. Really. You have to be old to remember when a letter went for 3 cents. Best, perhaps, not to even mention that. I must agree, in this age .49 is a bargain.
Then my daughter told me about stamps.com, which I can download and I can determine my postage and print out an address w/postage on my computer (after opening an account) and place the letter or package in my mailbox and never drive to the post office again. I just did it, mailing one of my books to a cousin, and it was a fantastic experience.
If you didn’t know this, I have done my deed for the day. And . . if you have friends or relatives who don’t use a computer and don’t do email, please remember to send cards and letters as you always have. And perhaps you must remember to use regular English without abbreviations and cutesy symbols. Talk to them as adults, and send with love.