When you guage Christmas by how it feels to be a postman during the holidays….period.

What do I have to complain about?

Nothing.

“Nothing” is the answer to that question…..but, still….

Man….I’m so tired.

One more day until Christmas, and it feels like I’ve been put through the wringer.

I”m glad the season is almost over.

That’s kind of a shame, too.

You should be able to revel in the mounting enthusiasm….ride the wave of Christmas spirit until the wave peaks and you wake up on Christmas morning, joyful about everything connected to the season…..and not feel tired and excited that the hurry and discomfort is coming to a close.

One of my buddies on the route had 3 cookies, wrapped and ready for eating, and the two latest Leonard Cohen CDs waiting for me when I got to his mailbox today.

I used to work with him at the PO….in fact, his was the route that I took over when he retired.

I get some tips at Christmas from some of my customers.

(To say that they can buy my affections is kind of crass, but….they really do hold a special place in my heart…..)

Anyway….I get some tips….monetary and food related…..but this was one of my favorites.

Cookies and Leonard…..singing about the end of his life.

There’s a lot of gravity in that last Leonard Cohen album.

It was good to listen to on the route today.

That was a thoughtful tip….and some darn good cookies, too.

I guess that what I really do, if I can back up enough from my exhaustion to recognize it, is….I deliver possibilities.

At some house this season, there’s going to be somebody who’s really happy because of a package that I delivered.

That’s a big deal.

When I feel like I’m just another faceless cog in a constantly turning machine, I need to remember that what I do really does matter.

But, heck…who doesn’t make a contribution to the general good that matters in some way?

I don’t remember all of the faces of the people who sold me stuff for my family this year….but….I should.

I need to slow it down a little and really take a look at the people I come in contact with.

That’s all that any of us needs, really….we just need to be noticed on some level.

I’m tired….and I ramble when I’m tired, but….this really was a good holiday season.

In spite of all my tired whining, it was good!

“Holiday season”? Heck….this was a great Christmas!

Christmas was the day that Christ was born!

It’s easy to forget that when you’re delivering too many packages.

I remember.

About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.

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