Post office needs service

I hate to hear all the current talk about the U.S. Postal Service losing money, but am not surprised at all, what with all the newer ways to communicate.

I wasn’t around that far back, but I do believe that the Pony Express went out of business as technology, i.e. postal service, advanced as the more efficient method of moving information from here to there.

I’m of the era of penny post cards and 3¢ envelope stamps. Christmas cards were plentiful this time of year, and a lot more fun to open up than those computer-made cards going across Facebook.

The post office in my hometown, San Marcos, was an old brick building, at the top of at least 10 steps. What I remember so well is how those marble floors sounded walking across them. Depending on what shoes, if any, were worn, the walls echoed with squeaks from tennis shoes or stomps from the Dale Evans cowgirl boots I wore. It was a treat, nay, an adventure to get to go in and get the mail.

In college, the dorm had post office boxes inside it — not nearly as much fun, except that I always could count on that weekly letter from Mama with $5 allowance in it — that is, if I had written her during the week.

In Kerrville, I lived and worked on a ranch outside city limits. I got the mail again every day at the post office. I remember how much fun it was to visit with people in line. No matter what else was going on in their lives, at the post office, everyone was friendly and equal and upbeat.

Some good friends have worked with the postal service. One, Chuck, just received his 40-year service pin, and that’s quite an accomplishment. I hope the next paragraph doesn’t offend them beyond friendship.

About 14 years ago, I had the honor of interviewing the outgoing post-mistress in my current hometown. She said, candidly, that the one thing missing in the postal service was — well, service. She brought up several examples of how it had flown like an eagle. Like service stations of yore, no more.

Happy birthday Thursday to Becky Sewell, Sam Walker, Bradley Johnson, Lila Mae Northern, Cyndy Hancock, Claudia Mundine, Lora Moon, Josh Marr, Michael Brown and Sandra Miller, all of Denison; Judy Hightower, Casey McKinney Sr., Ann Smathers, George Dehorney, David Linson, Kris Petruzelli and Patricia Mask, all of Sherman; Jasley Shadí Gloston of Dallas; Charisse Thomas of McKinney; Darah Arrington of Gunter; and O.C. Merriman.

Happy anniversary Thursday to Charles and Paula Vick of Pampa, 62 years; Robert and Jhordice Lewis of Sherman.