Re: [gardeners] Re:Home Again

Billie (
Fri, 27 Dec 2002 17:05:56 -0500

>We had the same mailman for nearly 15 years, we would move and they
>would change his route. We lost him this month and have a strange one
>now due to route changes. Ricky, the old mailman, knew Sleepy personally
>and would come through the drive gate on foot and put packages in the
>garage (behind the house). He also knew where the key to the door was
>and would occasionally use the bathroom if he really had to go. He was,
>and is, a personal friend that is valued so had the run of the house
>when necessary.

This made me think of a funny story. My boyfriend in high school 
(small southern town) grew up and became a mailman and was assigned 
the route that included my parents' house. I left to go to college 
after high school and never really came back except to visit - so I 
had no idea he was their mailman.

Anyway, I came home one day planning to surprise my parents and stay 
for the weekend. I got there in the middle of the afternoon and went 
upstairs to unpack and take a bath in my old clawfooted tub. There 
weren't any towels upstairs when I got out so I went dripping down 
the stairs to get one. Imagine my surprise when I bumped into my old 
boyfriend, now the mailman, who was invited by my mother to come on 
in and get himself a cold drink, use the bathroom, etc. any time he 
needed to!!

No one locked their doors in that little town, so he just came on in. 
Boy was he surprised too. I have to say, he handled it well. I had 
gotten a postcard from an old friend and the mailman/old bf just 
handed it to me and said 'this is for you."


When I lived in Durham, NC as a young adult I had this wonderful 
mailman who I just loved. When I left and came back to rent the same 
house 5 years later he was still there! Then I got married and had my 
first child while living in that same house. It was so nice to be 
able to talk to the mailman every day after having the baby, since I 
didn't return to work! Had never had that luxury except on 

Goodness, it's mailman nostalgia day for me!