There is no United States Postal Service creed, per se. But on Feb. 11, 2014 the faithful men and women who deliver mail in America were hard at work, as usual, despite the severe weather conditions of Winter Storm Pax. And if these mail carriers had a creed, which some seem to believe the quote below represents, then it would go something like this one found on the James Farley Post Office in New York.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these carriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
Southern postal service mail deliverers in the lower portion of the country feel the exact same way, obviously, as they were driving their mail trucks over the usual rural and urban routes on Tuesday. I know because mine was even a bit early. And some of them even managed to maintain their jovial behavior as they plowed through snowy and icy roads, stopping and starting along their letter delivery way, with some even throwing up a hand wave here and there to residents playing in the snow.
Winter Storm Pax plans to try these men and women even more than what they faced in Georgia today. In fact, the New York Times says this new storm has the South bracing for the worst. And the weather forecast predictions are calling for potential downed power lines due to ice-laden tree limbs. And that would be a challenge for even the staunchest United States Postal Service carrier out there.
Expect your mailman or woman to continue delivering mail to your home or office every day this week, though, barring some impossible physical impediment on your street, of course, like a downed ice-covered tree. But don't look for any of the mail carriers to make their rounds on February 17, as that is the next official 2014 postal holiday; otherwise known as George Washington's Birthday. And they will be taking the day off with pay then, maybe even sipping cocoa and throwing some snow balls, like the rest of us.