Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mail on the Farm

Mail comes daily to our roadside box in GriggsDakota. Grandma says that it's a farm woman's responsibility to bring the mail out to the mailbox and into the house each day.

Above: The flag is up which means there are letters in the box for the rural mail carrier to take to the post office when he bring the mail to GriggsDakota. Mail is still an important form of communication on our farm. It provides pick up and delivers news and information plus bills and correspondence six days every week.
Above: Our mail arrives in the early afternoon. Note the mailbox was manufactured by Sears Roebuck & Co. This box has served as sentinel here for many years. Because our last name is unique in our area, letters with only our last name and zip code have been faithfully delivered to our box by the world's best mailman.
Above: The post will wait in the mailbox or on the kitchen table until there's time to sort and read it. The written word is patient, easily quoted, and more likely to be accurately discussed. 
Above: After a long, and often noisy day, time with the mail is a welcome respite. The machine shop or tractor usually has a radio playing in the background. Computers provide news flashes at each session. Quiet reading of current events gives insight and understanding. Farm publications provide ideas for innovations and further research. Even in the age of instant communication, mail is important to the business on the farm. 

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