Spread some Christmas cheer.

 

Yesterday was a busy last day for the postal service.  It was enjoyable, but at the same time frustrating and sad.

 

Before I start having my daily opinion I would like to give you a little bit of background on me.  Despite how well I performed in the insult fatty competition recently, I don’t have a mean bone in my body.  If someone asks me for help in the hope that I may have a spare moment, I can’t say no. I’m that soft and that nice.  I’ll put off important things of my own to help others, often to my own detriment.  There you go, I’m soft, and nice (and nice and soft, but that’s a different topic).

 

The things that were frustrating were the same things that were sad.  The frustration came from elderly people that I was delivering to.  Every oldie whose door I knocked on inevitably wanted to have a chat.  That’s nice, and like I said, I’m nice.  I can’t cut them off or turn my back.  I have to at least let their monologue reach a conclusion.  But if you nod in the wrong spot you’re committed to a conversation.  Tick tock tick tock.  Frustrating.  The sad part is that based on the sparkle in their eyes and the animation that they were bringing to the conversation, I might be the only face to face interaction they have all Christmas.  Sure the family calls; and the phone’s great; but face to face is different, more, better.

 

But there is always an upside.  Firstly there was a fantastic feeling of achievement getting through the busiest week of the year incident free and on time.  But more important was the excitement when people realise what me knocking on their door represents.  That is a special feeling.  I don’t get to see the faces when the packages get opened, but I get to see the joy of receiving.  And the hope of the unknown.  Maybe it’s best that I don’t see what they get or how they respond.  That would take away from the purity of what I do see.

 

Here is my Christmas mission for you all.  The gift is in the giving.  If you know someone nearby that won’t have a visitor over the long weekend.  Be their visitor.  Your 10 minute visit will mean the world.

 

My permanent post script

 

No matter how meagre your existence may seem, if you are reading this you are in a position to be a hero to people who need heroes more than you could imagine.  Click here to make a help difference.

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41 Responses to Spread some Christmas cheer.

  1. Tom Stormcrowe says:

    Merry Christmas, Mike! I’d also like to wish you a Happy New Year!

  2. Stephen says:

    Yikes! I just realized I put my other comment in the wrong blog entry… Alzheimer’s ??? or just DUH!What a putz! Sheesh!steve

  3. AO says:

    so you were like santa to those old people, eh? that’s got to make you feel good.hope you and your’s have a Merry Christmas, MIKE!andy

  4. Sue says:

    Have a great christmas.BotchedP.S. So last week you made about 500 stops in 4 days. Assuming about 10 hour days, you were making a delivery about every 5 minutes. Only Santa does better than that my friend.

  5. Sally says:

    Great post – Have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Unknown says:

    that is such a sad story. I feel so bad for elderly people. You are nice to at least try to talk to them. Well, I came to by to say Merry Christmas, but…it just doesn’t seem like the right time.

  7. Ariane says:

    Ohh! That’s so sweet! I hope you had a merry x-mas there BIG Mike.

  8. Kelly says:

    We "forced" my 92 year old grandma to come to my sister’s house for Christmas…she had told us she didn’t feel good and couldn’t stand the long car ride. My sis wouldn’t take no for an answer though. We just couldn’t imagine our grandma alone on Christmas…but I know there are so many who are alone for this holiday. It’s so sad.Kelly

  9. Suzanne says:

    Merry Christmas Mike, I hope you had a sparking good holiday.

  10. Laura says:

    It is just not the holiday, but any time of the year. It is why i visit a nursung home close to my condo about twice a month. I hope you had a great day with your family.Peng

  11. Unknown says:

    All the best for 2006.

  12. Lex says:

    Hi. I saw your space in The Best of What’s Your Story and decided to take a look. You make sense, keep blogging. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  13. Mud Treasure says:

    Very inspiring post. Have a wonderful New Year, Mike. I enjoy your blog. Thanks for being here. MT

  14. BIg Mike In Oz says:

    nikared – I have the right proportions to be BIG Red.Botched – You forgot to take out the 3 hours each morning that is dedicated to sorting. That’s more like 3.5 minutes per delivery. Santa is still the king.Kelly – It’s all the sadder when they have family who just can’t be bothered. Good on you for making the effort.

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