It did not make the headlines of our local paper but a few weeks ago the U.S. Postal Service received lots of press, both good and bad. Let’s start with the not so great news. The Postal Service reported a quarterly loss of $3.2 billion which is $1 billion more than during the same period last year. Ugh. And they are seeking to eliminate Saturday mail delivery and reduce health and other labor costs. Double ugh.
The good news is, due to strong public opposition, the Postal Service backed off a cost-cutting plan to close thousands of rural post offices, proposing to keep them open with shorter operating hours. This would save about $500 million a year over the next few years. So we say, let’s keep those postal service workers busy with our own personal mail!
Thankfully, our friends have been embracing the postal service lately, filling our mailbox with postcards from around the globe. The other day I received a card from my friend, Nellie, who was recently in San Diego for work staying at the historical El Coronado Hotel. Long ago we spent our holiday break on a mission trip in the San Diego area. I hadn’t thought about that trip for a long time but her card triggered the memories to race back.
Our friend and brown ink supporter, Jenni, has been traveling for work the past month but still has time to mail postcards to the boys from Chile, Morocco, Monaco, Portofino and more. They adore listening to her adventures with details of unusual animals, castles with royalty, race cars and gelato.
Another friend, Jenny, from LA, sent me this postcard from Primo Passo Coffee Co, a new coffee shop in Santa Monica. It’s a cool card, containing a wonderful and quick Hello from a friend I unfortunately don’t see as often as I’d like. So simple yet so meaningful.
But you don’t have to travel to send a postcard.
My friend Katherine who lives in Portland sent me a postcard this year of a bridge we crossed while on a long run together years ago. It’s a great memory she brought back to life with a simple card.
So wherever the road may take you this summer, grab some stamps, a pen and small address book along for the ride. You never know where you might find a postcard just itching to be sold, used and enjoyed.
Lastly, for those of you wondering how Pat the Pigeon is journeying onward, this just in…
Pat has landed at his next destination. Onward he travels, supporting our Postal Service.