It has been a while since I last wrote to The Herald, but I just felt that recent events needed to be recorded. I must start off by offering thanks to the much maligned SA Post Office.
It is due to it that our birthday and Christmas celebrations have been extended to February this year. What other service could so arrange matters that parcels and Christmas cards are scattered throughout the whole season, thus spreading the joy over a longer period?
It can see that having these items delivered close to each other reduces the fun and how much better to receive a letter or parcel when you least expect it. Our granddaughter was so pleased to continue her October last year birthday with the surprise arrival last week of a parcel from the UK.
It is true that the post office made us pay some R50 before it would release the book that had been posted in September last year, but a small price to pay for this extended celebration. Of course we were able to remind ourselves of Christmas with arrivals of cards from England, Australia and Canada.
Such a cunning idea to have these overseas cards held back so that our Christmas fun could be prolonged. On a serious note, however, it was a very pleasant surprise that any of these items actually arrived, given the turmoil and chaos surrounding our postal service.
It is even more amazing that I actually feel pleasure when our government institutions actually do the job we pay them to do.
At least we do not have to wait a whole year for next Christmas.
-Alan Patrick, Lovemore Heights, Port Elizabeth