Friday, February 3, 2017

A Gold Star Day!

I did it. I kept my word. I broke through the  grip of a rational attack of agoraphobia. Okay, it was more like near dread of mingling with strangers. Okay, okay, I just didn't feel like dealing with people since those ugly things happened. Sounds, sights, smells, textures . . .  every sense was heightened. People were exceptionally loud and startling but I did not panic. I did get to see almost all my favorite postal people. I'd missed them and they missed me in turn! Wow. It's how I imagine Norm felt each time he walked into Cheers. 






Good feelings overcame sticker shock. The price includes four international packages, one domestic, twenty Black Heritage stamps, and twelve Chinese New Year stamps. I'm especially proud of the Dorothy Height postage. She passed six years ago in Washington, D. C., but she left a trail that still blazes. She was one of the March on Washington organizers in 1963. "Despite her skills as a speaker and a leader, Height was not invited to talk that day." What a sad fact. "Height later wrote that the March on Washington event had been an eye-opening experience for her. Her male counterparts 'were happy to include women in the human family, but there was no question as to who headed the household,' she said, according to the Los Angeles Times. Height joined in the fight for women's rights. In 1971, she helped found the National Women's Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Shirley Chisholm." (Biography.com) 


One of my favorite postal clerks schooled me on the Chinese Zodiac while the lone male weighed my packages. Each character's prominence rotates every sixty years. Did you know that? She remembers because the rooster is her personal sign. Mine is the dragon; my element is earth. Why not fire? I'm cool though 'cause I love earth. Need I say more? Oh. There's this too:  The Chinese New Year ends February 18, 2018.

February is also the month for letter writing, and BlackHistory Month. Valentine's Day! Whew! I'd better get busy. I worked on some goodness last night which left no time for writing. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, I confessed to Minuet how I don't get the concept of writing a letter each day simply because it's designated as the month for corresponding. I sincerely began to question the concept after watching Robin Williams urge people to "stop being sheep" in an episode of SVU. Sheeple? Something changed. How can I write 28 letters, notes, and postcards when I've already said the only things I have worth saying right here? Wouldn't you rather have a letter from me that had meaning, knowing I was moved to write because I wanted to tell you about . . . whatever? Or should I do 28 postcards that say, "Hey! I'm thinking of you!"? Seriously. This is serious. An existential crisis or something? 


I bought two new storage boxes but that's not worth a stamp.


They're great for small stuff. This might be as close as I'll get to having my own versions of "cabinet of curiosities." They're wooden, were on sale as two for one, or buy one get one free! Such a bargain.


They're also the last two. From Aaron Bros., where I got to visit with someone I like immensely. Lisa! She makes me laugh. She's good at convincing me that it's always good to see me. She's naturally funny, and she talks about her family with such honesty and delight you could listen all day. Dang. I should have saved this for a little onesie, huh? I still give myself a gold star. Thanks for the idea, Anna!








8 comments:

  1. I'm glad your day was a such a happy success. I've had success too, J's room is finally complete! Yay! I only managed one letter today but I'm content with that. Recently I went to the post office and the clerk was so nice and even a fellow letter writer. In all the time I have gone there she is the only person who has been interested in letters, all others smile politely and process my postal needs as quickly as possible. Some try to talk me out of commemoratives in lieu of peel and paste stamps because they are more convenient, i. e. you don't have to lick them. I think they just don't get why I bother.

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    1. Yours is a double gold star day! This house got away from me each time I went down for the count. Gaining the upper hand feels so good, and our space is becoming livable again.

      I enjoyed yesterday's visit to the post office so much so that I made more mail for Monday. :) I'd never make a decent postal employee. The repetition and standing would drive me nuts. Wait. I used to work as a file clerk. LOL. And I worked in a corporate mail room! Hang in there, all government employees aka drones retire someday. We'll just keep on lovin' 'em until they do. :D

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  2. you sure can pack a lot in a post I will give you that . I'm so glad you got out and said hello to the world or your part of it anyways and I love the new storage boxes . kudos to you . the most exciting thing I have done this week is buy some latex gloves so I can refill my fountain pens with ink without worrying about getting ink all over my hands and to spray the dogs with . LOL . Oh yeah I'm so exciting LOL .

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    1. LOL! Sorry. I haven't been going out among the masses much this year. At least your use your gloves. I buy them, forget to use them, buy more in different colors, misplace them and just carry on without them. You don't want to see my cuticles. LOL. I don't mind the ink stains because they remind me of henna. Truth is I'm just lazy and don't mind the stains at all. And yeah, you're exciting. At least you're using your ink.

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  3. Mine is the pig. As the Chinese zodiac recurs every 12 years, your animal year will come around when you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, etc. that means i have 2 years to go... love your blog posts and check often.
    http://hashtaghappymail.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ria, hey. I checked out your Chinese zodiac today. It's different from the western zodiac and the ancient Egyptian one as well. I had my chart done once. Do you believe in star signs?

      Do you have a new mail address?

      Thanks for checking in!

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  4. Those boxes are beautiful, if boxes can be beautiful. I like the compartments. I visited the post office today for the first time in probably a year or more. I had to return two dresses I ordered that didn't fit. While there I bought some cool postage stamps and that has me a little excited to sit down and write. Write on!

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    1. I believe boxes can be beautiful. I bought a simple brown one from Phoenician Market, built by someone who enjoys working with wood. Two years later the box still reeks of the oil that protects it. JC thought I was nuts for paying as much as I did for the pair, but what does he know?

      Good for you for buying stamps! :D Write on, girl!

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