October 14, 2021
I was walking in Coole Park when the phone rang. “An Post here. I’m here at your front door to deliver a package but there is no one home. What would you like me to do with your parcel?” We arranged for the parcel to be left inside the back door which I had left unlocked.
I was delighted, thinking about the times packages delivered to our house back in the States are left in the rain depending on the mood and busy schedule of the delivery driver.
I was surprised by the phone call. And then I remembered that these are the same postal workers who, when the covid lockdowns landed over here, lobbied their union to change the rules so they could check on vulnerable people on their route and even buy and deliver food to them.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all lived in a world where these courtesies were not uncommon? What if courtesy determined the schedule rather than the schedule determining courtesy?
Judith – email@example.com