My Mom Fought the U.S. Post Office and Won
My mom embarrassed me years ago when she called our small town post office and complained about slow package delivery. I gave the eulogy at mom’s memorial service, and I told the mortifying story at the chapel. Respectful laughter filled the room. However, embarrassment doesn’t bother you when you’re dead in the grave and maybe that’s the lesson here today.
Mom loved to send packages to me in Arizona. She often mailed pencils, recipe clippings, bars of soap, cereal, odds and ends that were meaningful to her.
Mom never understood that her mailings to a hick town in the west take a heck of a lot longer than it does in Chicago. I got umpteen phone calls from her before any shipment arrived and she would ask impatiently: “Did you get my package yet?”
It was about six years ago when retrieving my mail, Toni, my favorite clerk shouted to me across the room from the front desk, “Your mother called me yesterday. She’s had enough of our delays and complained that your packages arrive way too slow.”
I learned mom chewed Toni out for sluggish service.
I imagined what that phone call looked like: mom taking charge of the conversation telling Toni how to do her job.
I felt my blood rush to my head. My face turned crimson.
“I apologize for my mother, Toni. Please forgive her. She’s in her 90’s.” Toni laughed. “Your mom is a delight.”
Apparently they made up. Mom’s humor must have, again, saved the day. Or, maybe it was Toni’s social skills that validate every listener.
Rapid changes took place at the post office. You are always lucky if you get a key in your mailbox to one of the few lockers which save time from standing in line during business hours as well as retrieving your packages when the desk is closed. Guess who always finds a locker key in her post office mailbox slot whenever any package from anyone arrives?
I never did tell Toni from the post office that my mom passed away. I don’t want the speedy service to stop!
My mom fought the United States Post Office and won.
“The embarrassment of a situation can, once you are over it, be the funniest time in your life. And I suppose a lot of my comedy comes from painful moments or experiences in life, and you just flip them on their head.” – Miranda Hart
Does your mother ever embarrass you?