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Sun Jun 27, 2021, 01:44 PM

Heartwarming interaction with my mail carrier in record heat yesterday.

We are having a stretch of record-breaking heat in the Pacific NW. Well over 100 in Portland yesterday - highly unusual.

I saw my mail carrier through my window. I opened the door and asked if he needed a water refill. He thanked me and said he was fine, but might take me up on it another time. It was almost the end of his day. He said all day long people had been so nice, giving him cold things to put in his cooler. (They drive a truck that they park while they deliver to sections of their area.)

I could see from the expression on his face how much this kindness and caring meant to him; he was clearly very hot, yet there was an open-hearted quality in his countenance that nearly moved me to tears.

Simple kindness. So simple, and yet so profound.

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Reply Heartwarming interaction with my mail carrier in record heat yesterday. (Original post)
Amaryllis Jun 2021 OP
Demovictory9 Jun 2021 #1
niyad Jun 2021 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2021 #3
smirkymonkey Jun 2021 #4
Amaryllis Jun 2021 #6
Diamond_Dog Jun 2021 #5
Grammy23 Jun 2021 #22
secondwind Jun 2021 #7
Lunabell Jun 2021 #8
Marcuse Jun 2021 #9
luvtheGWN Jun 2021 #14
bluestateboomer Jun 2021 #10
3catwoman3 Jun 2021 #23
3catwoman3 Jun 2021 #24
George II Jun 2021 #11
MustLoveBeagles Jun 2021 #12
oasis Jun 2021 #13
Fritz Walter Jun 2021 #15
NJCher Jun 2021 #28
Historic NY Jun 2021 #16
nuxvomica Jun 2021 #17
Captain Zero Jun 2021 #18
SleeplessinSoCal Jun 2021 #19
Joinfortmill Jun 2021 #20
Beacool Jun 2021 #21
LakeArenal Jun 2021 #25
BadGimp Jun 2021 #26
Amaryllis Jun 2021 #27
Postal Grunt Jun 2021 #29
gab13by13 Jun 2021 #30
Smackdown2019 Jun 2021 #31
gopiscrap Jun 2021 #32

Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 01:45 PM

1. lovely

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 01:46 PM

2. Just lovely.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 01:50 PM

3. Simple kindness is rare. You touched him deeply and his face acknowledged that fact. ♥

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 01:51 PM

4. Thank you for sharing that, Amaryllis.

It put a smile on my face today!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 01:55 PM

6. You are welcome! I still tear up when i think of it. The expression on his face...

hot, sweaty, overheated, but clearly an open heart due to people being kind all day long.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 01:51 PM

5. When I was a kid

We always offered the mail carrier a cold drink on a hot day. Sometimes hed take us up on it, sometimes hed say no thanks, he was fine. But if we kids ever had a lemonade stand out front, hed insist on buying some from us. A good memory of olden days, I guess.

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 04:13 PM

22. I have a similar memory of our postman from my childhood.


His name was Mr. Hastings. I guess we never knew his first name. He was a nice, friendly guy who brought our daily mail.If we set up a lemonade stand, he never failed to buy several cups from us. That was many, many years ago (1950s-60s) but I still remember Mr. Hastings and his huge, leather satchel of mail.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:27 PM

7. You wrote this so beautifully.....


it almost sounds like a poem.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:36 PM

8. Kindness is underrated.

Probably made his day and he went home to talk about it.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:40 PM

9. Carriers have to carefully balance hydration and bladder pressure.

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Response to Marcuse (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:51 PM

14. The hotter it is,

the more you sweat, and the less frequently you have to pee! It all works out in the end

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:41 PM

10. Since the start of the pandemic

My daughter has had a box of water and snacks on the doorstep for USPS and delivery workers. She's had several nice notes of thanks.

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Response to bluestateboomer (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 04:14 PM

23. What a lovey idea.

to you and your daughter. She must have been raised right.

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Response to bluestateboomer (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 04:15 PM

24. What a lovey idea.

to you and your daughter. She must have been raised right.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:43 PM

11. Considering all the crap directed toward the USPS and employees by TFG over the last 4 years....

...I go out of my way to be friendly to ours.

Lots of other people around here have too - we have a bunch of signs around town saying "Support the USPS"!

It doesn't take much, good for you!

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:44 PM

12. Thanks for sharing

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:51 PM

13. Postal carriers have a tremendous workload. Patron kindness is golden.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 02:53 PM

15. Well done, Amaryllis!

For the past couple years, I used to leave a couple bottles of chilled water in a styrofoam cooler directly beneath the mailbox on my front porch whenever the heat index was forecast to be in the triple digits. Added a large sticky note to the front of the mailbox, saying help yourself.

Summer of 2019, Maria our letter carrier would take at least one, and in the brutal heat, shed grab both. Last summer, we had a different carrier who also appreciated the gesture.

New USPS letter carrier this year. Will provide same support. These civil servants deserve better than what the current Postmastur is forcing them to endure.

These folks have a rough job. Treat them well. Because its the proper thing to do.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Reply #15)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 08:52 PM

28. great idea

I'm gonna' do that. We have all kinds of coolers around here and plenty of bottled sparkling water.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 03:02 PM

16. I miss my old carrier, he got promoted...

Every day he stopped at the firehouse for water, ice and bathroom break. If he was lucky, a quick snack on some leftovers. I lived down the other end of the block, so I could always catch him there.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 03:08 PM

17. My carrier is always friendly and smiling when I see him

I think he enjoys scanning Funny Times every month. He sees I get Harpers and all sorts of Democratic Party and social-justice mailings; even my phone bills are from Credo. It dawned on me that he probably has a pretty good idea of everyone's politics.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 03:29 PM

18. My dad was a letter carrier.

He bought lemonade from kids' stands, and if they had drawn a hopscotch on the sidewalk, he jumped it. .

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 03:40 PM

19. I'm so old that I remember that this just seemed a normal interaction.

Before the Great Divide of the 21st century.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 03:45 PM

20. 👍

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 04:01 PM

21. At least they have a truck in your area.

I'm in a city, so they have to walk pushing their cart in all kinds of weather. Since we mostly live in apts., I hardly ever see my mailman, let alone to give him water or a hot drink in cold weather.

I'm glad that you and others in your area have the opportunity to do something nice for these hard working people.


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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 04:18 PM

25. For the record, Donny was our carrier for the 35 years we lived there.

He was the best and nicest guy. We had lots of snow and yet we always got the mail.

Always went the extra mile for folks.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 07:26 PM

26. Right now tt's 109 here in Sellwood (Portland)

Good on you!

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Response to BadGimp (Reply #26)

Sun Jun 27, 2021, 08:19 PM

27. 109 here too! (Portland)

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 12:59 AM

29. Been there, done that

I don't miss carrying mail during Summer in Kansas.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 05:30 AM

30. Mailman story from way back,

We had a mailman and we had a dog, good sized dog but friendly. Mailman, every day gave our dog a Hershey kiss, I know shouldn't give chocolate to dogs. Mailman retired, new mailman, no Hershey kiss, no more letting our dog run loose. Now this was back in the 50's.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 09:14 AM

31. Appreciation

I was a city carrier for 18 years, now I am a small town Postmaster. When I carried, I walked 9 miles a day and you never can escape the summer heat and humidity. Cold water is the best thing to give a mail carrier. Just be sure to check on your neighbors that may not respond to heat well due to their age or medical conditions.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 11:20 AM

32. thank you, my son is a letter carrier

and my wife and I will be in Portland today out by the airport. It is our 41st anniversary do you have any suggestions for a good place for dinner. We are staying at a Residence Innat Cascade Station.

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