A Big Box
Out in the sticks, a Big Box means something other than a great big store. We have bigger boxes than I had even imagined existed – and it’s our mailboxes. The Internet might be putting the U.S. Postal system out of business, but for those of us here in rural areas, the mail is still an anticipated event each day.
News that the post office might stop delivering six days a week and cut out Saturday delivery means that we are isolated from the outside world one more day. When we used The Little House as a weekend getaway, we didn’t need a huge, rural mailbox, as all we ever received here was the weekly Shopper. After we moved here full time over two years ago, we quickly found out that unless we wanted to make multiple wasted trips into town, we needed a Big Box.
We live 1.7 miles from the blacktop and our rural mail carrier will not deliver packages to our door unless we are within a mile. The first one we got was big (about the size of the one pictured next to ours), but I was still finding myself having to pick up and go into town more than I needed. Don’t get me wrong, I love going into town sometimes, especially when it’s sunny and the air is warm and I can drive with the windows down and the stereo up.
However, a trip into town is basically wasted time, especially if there’s not more than one errand involved. It is also lost time for me when I could be working. We found this mailbox at one of the big box home improvement stores located in the big town about 20 miles away, but the trip for the mailbox was well worth it.
Since we put it up, I haven’t had to go into town but once for a delivery that wouldn’t fit into the big box. I think writing letters is a lost art and I try to send cards and little notes to friends and family. Of course, I enjoy receiving care packages, cards and simple little notes from friends and Dale’s family, reminding us that we’re still missed and not forgotten.
Late at night, when Dale finally makes it home with the mail, I’m almost as excited to see what’s there, as I am to see him!