One of my first jobs was working in a mailroom and brief daily chats with delivery people—mostly the UPS carriers, who tended to be friendly types, were one of the highlights of my day, especially around the holidays because there was a Jack Daniel’s distributor on another floor, and they’d give the delivery people a bottle of whiskey as a gift and the UPS carrier would then give it to me. I like a nip now and then, not to mention the occasional drink, and I’d usually finish the bottle around November. I kind of miss the free whiskey, although I know where to get my own, but more than that I miss those few minutes of the work day when I’d get a break and the delivery person would also get a chance to relax before running off to deliver more boxes.
What brought this back to me is learning that there are Instagram and Facebook accounts for UPS Dogs, where UPS drivers share pictures of dogs and other assorted animals they meet on their routes and if that doesn’t warm your cockles you probably don’t know where your cockles are.
It reminds me of Dylan Thomas’s description of the postmen in A Child’s Christmas In Wales, “fond of walking and dogs and Christmas and the snow,” and if you don’t get the sarcasm there you probably don’t know where your cockles are, but that’s another story.
Now when I’m walking home from work or to the bus stop I sometimes meet dogs. It doesn’t happen regularly, but when it does it’s really one of the best parts of my day, at least until I get home and get greeted by our dogs. I’ve even gotten to know some dogs, like the one who’s left alone in her yard all the time and just really wants some company. The best I can do is stop and talk to her a bit before I move on, wondering why the people who live there even bothered to get a dog. If you have a dog remember they’re part of the family. Bring them in and show them you love them. And maybe do something nice for the UPS person.