Yesterday, while driving I saw a mailbox that was knocked down, lying curbside, on the homeowner’s lawn. I can imagine what a challenge it must be for the mail carrier who has to stop the truck, collect the mail, exit the truck and bend down to insert their one piece of junk mail.

There are some people who take pride in their mailboxes and showcase them as works of art. Some people decorate them with flags. Some plant flowers around them and some engrave their names on it.

I never really got into my mailbox, probably because when we lived in Pennsylvania people kept running into ours and knocking it down. Why people kept driving into it – we don’t know. We do know it was visible as it was curbside just like every other box on our street.

People backing out of our driveway would hit it, get out of their car and say, “Huh, I didn’t know that was there.”

People pulling into out driveway would hit it, get out of their car and exclaim, “Well, has that always been there? I didn’t see it!

Come winter the snow plow would hit it and continue to pile a mound of snow on top. At least the snow drifts were tall enough for us to rest the mailbox atop so the mailman didn’t need to get out of his truck. (Oh, by the way – he also ran it over.)

On one occasion a friend plowed into it as she backed out of the driveway. We didn’t know about it till the next day. We were eating breakfast, when from our kitchen window we saw her pull up. She got out of the car, removed a shovel from the trunk and proceeded to dig a hole around the mailbox. She removed the old box, threw it in her trunk and took out a new box to replace the old one. She filled in the dirt and left. After that she always parked on the street.  I wouldn’t be surprised if she still drives around with a shovel and mailbox. You never know when a mailbox emergency will sneak up on you.

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