Waving Through a Window — A Thank You

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“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

— USPS

I’ve never actually spoken to my postman, but his presence and work have become an integral part of my new normal. A few days a week, I’m able to catch his eye through the window to wave, to thank him for his deliveries. In the pandemic, this is usually the first interaction I’ve had with another person who isn’t in my immediate family all week. He always smiles and waves right back and I’m grateful every time. In a world that feels topsy-turvy, this interaction keeps me grounded.

In addition to the thrill of looking forward to a package, I can now also look forward to kindness from a stranger. That is more than many people can say, as we all deal with the loneliness that comes along with social distancing. This is a type of isolation many of us have never experienced before. On top of that, the nature of current events can be overwhelming, causing us to fall into cycles of despair and misanthropy. It can be hard to remember that good things happen and that people are kind — that’s why this weekly interaction has become so important to me.

When we have conversations about essential workers, we must be sure to acknowledge the hidden work they do, helping us hold on to tiny bits of hope and normalcy.

Thank you to postal workers all across the country who are underpaid and often undervalued for the labor they do, especially now that they are taking on additional risk. To my postman, in particular, I am beyond grateful. For the past five months, he has become an irreplaceable part of the little world I’ve built for myself to cope with the pandemic. I can only hope that each wave, smile, and thank you note convey how grateful I am for his service.

Waving through a window has become one of my favorite things to do.

Tags: Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity

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Mars Sebastian

Brooklyn born writer, poet, and soon-to-be author Mars Sebastian is focused on writing work that matters. When she isn't w... See Full Bio

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