Bell tolls for the U.S. Mail, as we know it is a wonderful story from USA Today on the end of a great American traditional the postal service calls "the mail moment".
This moment occurs when we collect, sort and open our mail - and do so with a bit of excitement and anticipation.
Younger readers will wonder what I'm talking about. They've never experienced the pre-email, pre-social media "mail moment". But folks who grew up prior to the Internet know.
The article is artfully written, and captures my mixed feelings about the Postal Service.
I love this quote from the story:
Each household's mail moment has its rules and rituals — who opens what, whether it's left on the kitchen counter or hall table. It's when someone calls, "Anything good in the mail?" The answer, usually, has been yes.
I've always liked the Postal Service. And I can link many great memories with the mail.
I'm also amazed that someone will come to my house, pick something up, and deliver it anywhere in the country for just 46 cents! Who but the Postal Service would do this?
No matter how much I like the Postal Service, it doesn't change the fact it's bloated, out-dated, loses billions of dollars and uses tax money to subsidize the direct mail industry. It's got to be down-sized and restructured.
But I miss the mail moment.