Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
These famous words are thought to be the motto of the US Postal Service. In truth, they are not. They are inscribed in gray granite over the New York City Post Office on 8th Ave and come from the telling of The Persian Wars by Herodotus. It’s still inspiring, though. Images of Kevin Costner braving the elements to deliver a letter flash across my mind.
Today, September 7th, is National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day. It is the day the New York Post Office mentioned above opened in 1914. We often take the postal service for granted, but it is so important to our way of life that it is even written into the US Constitution under Article I Section 8:
The Congress shall have Power…To establish Post Offices and post Roads.
The ability to freely exchange ideas is fundamental to the democratic process. The simple act of mailing a letter may not seem like such a crucial element in a world where the internet is so pervasive, and private delivery companies like UPS and FedEx have offices around every city corner.
Yet these things are only recent developments. I remember a time before cell phones, beepers, and answering machines. A time when the phone rang and rang and rang…because nobody was home. A time when you wrote letters back and forth to family, friends, and pen pals you had never met. Getting a letter in the mail put a smile on my face.
The reason that a postal service is so important is because citizens in a democracy have an obligation to become informed about the issues at hand and have the right express their own opinions about them. They are free to praise or criticize their elected leaders. Discussion is paramount to this process. It is through discussion that we become informed, form opinions, and persuade others. The US Postal Service is the infrastructure that has allowed this to happen since it was established on July 26th, 1775 by the Second Continental Congress.
I have often wondered how postal workers could brave the elements to deliver mail. What they must go through to get my grandmother’s carefully crafted package of binders illustrating my family history safely to me. The journey they endured to deliver my mother’s care packages that always included some item of clothing made out of denim.
I imagine in the dog days of summer how they must sweat, and how the sun and heat must dry their skin. In the dead of winter I wonder how the cold breeze must chill them to the bone and blister their lips. When it rains I imagine them dredging through streets in wet clothes from head to toe.
Day in and day out they must endure a lot. I imagine only a few days are pleasant in the spring and in the fall. I devise they must really need the skin care products we make here at Kaiya Naturals.
In the summer I envision they must need the natural cleansers and light moisturizers, like White Petal Aloe. In the winter I believe they would need a heavier moisturizer, like Chickie Gold, and the Whole Lotta Lip Love Lip Balm for their chapped lips. After a day of getting soaked I picture they would enjoy a nice Mud Mask to melt away the stress.
Today, thank your postal worker for all they go through to make this country great.
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