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Letter to the editor: Thank you postal service

To the editor:

Last Saturday I walked into the Morris Post Office carrying a 3/4 sized violin in a case. I had questions about how I could go about mailing it to my daughter in Colorado. My granddaughter had recently told her mom she wanted to play the violin.

After a short wait, I sheepishly approached the post office employee and asked if it was possible to mail the violin to Colorado and, if yes, what would I have to do to make it possible. She said that it was possible and proceeded to provide me with clear, rational, concise and helpful information about the best way to ensure that the violin would arrive safely at its destination. I offered my heartfelt gratitude for her advice and headed back home.

Along the way I remembered some packing material I had squirreled away for future use. Back home I surprisingly found the packing material in the first place I looked. I proceeded to wrap and tape the violin case as instructed and headed back to the post office.

After another tolerable wait for my turn, I was complimented by the postal employee for my well wrapped violin and case. "Indeed!" I replied, "It wouldn't have happened without you." She proceeded to calculate the cost of postage and $200 insurance, a bargain in my mind for $21.50. She said it should be delivered by TUESDAY. No way, I thought to myself. Regardless, I left full of appreciation for the help I had received.

On MONDAY afternoon I received a big "Thank You" text message from my daughter saying the violin had arrived safe and sound. "Thank me?" I texted in reply. "No. Thank the United States Postal Service employees who made it happen." It was the USPS employees who, during the busiest time of the year, moved a violin in two days time from Morris to Louisville, Colorado. I think that is an admirable and amazing accomplishment. Not to mention the great home mail service delivery we receive Monday thru Saturday from our mail carriers.

Thank you USPS. May I never take the work of your dedicated employees for granted.

James Moore