“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”
– Motto on James Farley Post Office
We know these intrepid adventurers, and adventurers they are. They travel through every form of weather to bring us our mail, regardless of the temperature, or dangerous dogs in the front yard. They are the friend of every child around Christmas, or their birthdays, and even today there’s nothing quite like waiting for that Amazon delivery to come through the post. Thank A Letter Carrier Day reminds us to show our appreciation for these wonderful men and women, and the joy they bring us each day through the post.
History of Thank A Letter Carrier Day
The history of Thank A Letter Carrier Day is as old as the history of the post, and that may very well be longer than you think. The concept of mail was first recorded in Persia, or at the very least the first concept of an actual codified postal system was. King Cyrus the Great went to great lengths to ensure that mail could reach the corners of his Kingdom, and worked with neighboring countries to make sure that the mail got through and the system reached as far as it could. This process involved building roads and getting guards and massive diplomatic negotiations, but it lasted for a long time. The quote on James Farley Post Office is actually a rephrasing of a quote by Herodotus of Greece in the 5th Century BC.
“It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed” – It doesn’t take much to identify the heart of that creed in the above statement. Thank A Letter Carrier Day reminds you to show your appreciation for someone continuing an idea that’s existed since before Christ.
How to celebrate Thank A Letter Carrier Day
The best way is simply to meet them at the mailbox and offer them a hearty thank you. If you know what their preferences are you can offer them a cold drink or a hot cup of tea, or just some snacks to take with them on the road. Remember, they’re the men who bring you good news and bad, but let’s not think about that last part, no reason to shoot the messenger.