Those crazy couriers…

Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night
Could stay these couriers
From completing their appointed rounds

When I pick Judah and Wesley up from the bus stop, they take turns sitting in the front seat and checking the mail. Yesterday (an even-numbered day) it was Wesley’s turn. Imagine the overly dramatic pout on his face when he realized that the only mail in the box was outgoing, and there was nothing for us to take back to the house with us. Here’s what he said to me:

“This mail lady is getting sloppy. She’s getting sloppier and sloppier. First she was giving us someone else’s mail, and now she’s not giving us any mail at all.”

There is some truth to that…. Our erstwhile mail carrier was arrested recently for driving under the influence and has lost her license. A relative of hers has now taken over the mail route. I saw her not long ago when I ran down to the mailbox just in time to send some letters off with her. She shifted that long cigarette between her lips as she greeted me and handed me the mail.

I waited til she drove around the curve before I put it back in the box for my little boy to retrieve after school.


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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5 Responses to Those crazy couriers…

  1. Marcus says:

    (So I take it you’re enjoying your cd…)
    If Wesley is the Even-day boy, does he ever feel cheated at the end of a month? Since, more often than not, Judah will get a 31-day followed immediately by a 1-day…


  2. ten4ruthie says:

    I’m loving the CD – I think it’s better every time I hear it. Occasionally Wesley does feel cheated. He also gets prayed with first on the even nights. So on the 31st I usually pray with them together. And we try to downplay the mail thing when there are two odd days in a row. Like… I might go get the mail earlier in the day on the 31st…


  3. Marcus says:

    (ok, that’s just weird. I put a closing parenthesis, with no semicolon, I am sure of it. I even went back in my browser history to make sure. And yet, voila, it has become a winking smiley, totally ruining all appearances of proper punctuation… I thought at first that it had decided one of the periods in the ellipse should be an eye, but no. The ellipse is still there, undisturbed. What kind of havok will be wreaked on this post, do you think?)


  4. ten4ruthie says:

    I have the option to edit that for you. Although… that would make your last comment appear entirely out of place…


  5. Amy says:

    Only in Kentucky do you have shady mail carriers. Did she call you “Darlin'” when she handed you the mail? She seems like the sort of person who would call people Darlin’.


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