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I am trying to be jolly despite a plumbing crisis.

The plumber is due here by 11 AM. leaving me time to keep my dental apointment at 1 PM.  Plumber and dentist?  Same day? Is that fair?

My car is loaded with packages to go to the post office.  Yes, Christmas gifts.  Yes, it is all done. People hate me when I tell them that. But it is because I have to mail things to Germany that I get my Christmas shopping done very early, usually right after Thanksgiving. I thereby manage to avoid the long Xmas lines at the PO, though I make up for it at tax time, when I am always last-minute for some reason.

I have two favorite post office stories. The first did not happen to me but to someone else, a woman who was having a horrible day in every way but finally found herself, after a long wait, at the post office counter. The PO guy said, "How's it going?" She almost burst into tears at the unexpected bit of human commiseration, and she said, "Well, horrible, if you want to know the truth. It took me forever to find a parking place, and then I stepped out of the car into a huge puddle so my feet are soaking wet, and I didn't have change for the meter so I'll probably get a ticket, and now I've been standing in this line for twenty minutes and I'm going to be late for an appointment, and..."  The PO guy looked down at the package she had placed on the counter and said, "I meant: how's it going? Priority? Media?"

And this one DID happen to me, many years ago. I lived in a tiny seaside village with a very small post office. I had completely forgotten to mail my estimated tax payment, which a self-employed person must pay quarterly, and so I took it to the post office a day late. I explained that to the postmistress, threw myself on her mercy, and asked if she could postmark it with the date of the previous day. She said a firm no. It would be illegal, she pointed out. She was required to abide by the law and she had been postmistress for a zillion years and she had never once misrepresented the date in that way. Then she picked up my enevelope, and picked up her postmarking stamp gizmo, and said, "I can blur it, though."


 

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Jane Hinrichs Tuesday, 04 December 2012

Bless that Postmistress!

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Jane Hinrichs Tuesday, 04 December 2012

One of my most blessed memories of a post office was in Magadan, Russia (this city is northeast of Japan, pass what is known as Siberia and into the Far East). I could read absolutely nothing on the signs. I felt so helpless. Since the Russian language uses a different alphabet than we do you can't even guess well at what sign says. It took me a very long time to find the post office and it was so cold. I had to mail two letters back to the states. When I got to the window the woman could tell I couldn't understand her. She was so rude. I was in tears. I finally got them mailed. And then a Russian woman comes up to me and says, "Chicago?" Or, it was some big city in our country. Well, I was so happy to hear a word of English I embraced her and cried and we had a conversation with gestures and smiles....Thank you Lord for that woman's kindness!

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Robin Douglass Wednesday, 05 December 2012

Ms. Lowry,
I just wanted to drop a note to say how much I have enjoyed your work. My 12th grade English class just finished The Giver and will be starting Son in a few days. They are very excited and amazed to discover how they have connected to Jonas and Gabe differently as seniors than they did as middle schoolers.

I would live to have the opportunity for they to get to speak with you in some way. I was wondering if you mught be open to a teleconference over skype or some other web portal or perhaps we might entice you to vist the great white north of upstate NY?

Sinerely,
Robin Douglass
Alternative Education Teacher
Adirondack Educational Center
Saranac Lake NY 12983

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Lois Lowry Thursday, 06 December 2012

Robin, I'm sorry to say that I don't do SKYPE or other live interviews (though I am doing one today, actually, for a school who won me in a contest!) There are just too many requests. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself.
But thanks for asking!

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Robin Douglass Wednesday, 05 December 2012

**love**

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Robin Douglass Wednesday, 05 December 2012

**Them**.......Not much of and English teacer am I? :/

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