Poor new ways still appreciated

“Uncle Sam’s horse evidently broke his leg, and they couldn’t find a replacement.”

They should have called us; we have lots of horses they could have borrowed.

At least, delivery would have been speedier than it was. Most importantly, the mail did arrive, almost a month after being sent.

While the Pony Express has been out of commission more than a century-and-a-half, we’d bet that mail, through mad Indians, snow, sleet, hail, downpours, hot drought and probably plenty of lame mounts, delivery was faster than ours has been on occasion.

“Bad-lipping” the mail service is common today. Actually, we hesitate commenting about it, because delivery is still amazing, considering mail with hand-scribbled addresses does typically arrive within a few days, or sometimes even hours.

However, we mailed a package to a Kansas town less than two hours away, and it was “finally” delivered “with nine postmarks.” We envisioned the mailing had gone around the world nine times to have that many stamps on it, but come to find out several were repetitious.

So maybe, the big manila envelope left our hometown and sat in another post office, or mail bag or who can imagine where, for several weeks before it was found.

U.S. Postal Service stories frequent the news, but making hypothetical analysis why there are so many financial strains isn’t really too difficult. It’s incomprehensible when mail sent for destination six miles away is sometimes said to travel 150 miles to a central location, and then back again, before reaching the recipient.

Although rural areas served by Post Offices for a century-plus are offended when theirs must be closed, that is only sensible; we can only see more doors shutting.

Still, we are happy Saturday service continues. We get a thrill out of going to the mailbox, pulling down the door and seeing what’s inside; like opening a gift.

Mail delivery problems, like many other things today, “must be blamed” on “computer error.” When people did all of the work, there were fewer mistakes.

Reminds us of Jeremiah 18:15: “They no longer follow the old ways.” Yet, we appreciate First Samuel 10:4: “Deeds have been for good service.” However, we can’t help but think of Romans 15:2: “Strength is for service not status.” Still, most importantly, Exodus 12:25: “Ye shall keep this service.”