I’m a Month of Letters participant. I’m African-American. And it’s African-American History Month. So it’s only fitting that I mail my letters this month with the Emancipation Proclamation stamp issued by the USPS.
In some ways we’ve come a long way from 1863 when Lincoln declared slaves “henceforward shall be free”. It was a promise. That was 150 years ago. But it pains me to think just 50 years ago we were still fighting and killing for a freedom, that was promised. And today, we strive to move forward. And in spite of our challenges, we educate those along the way with why it’s still so important just to have an opportunity.
So maybe this small effort, a stamp on a piece of mail, traveling around the country, to friends and family and old colleagues, will serve as a reminder. That a people once separated, my own ancestors, placed aside the notion of hate to embrace hope; that change would come some day. Freedom. And it’s only fitting that it’s a Forever stamp.
Page three of the Emancipation Proclamation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This week, collectively our clients picked up over 1200 holiday cards and over 30 boxes of personal stationery to give as gifts. So now will you stop asking…”do people still write?” Here at TT Patton we are doing our share to “bail out” the USPS. Why? Because not only do we need this American institution, but also they’re our clients.
As I rushed to finish addressing a thank you note and searched for the appropriate postage stamp, my mail carrier was kind enough to wait an extra minute. And as you can see he found something in the shop that he enjoys. Doesn’t he look like a natural using that Lamy Calligraphy pen?
Remember, the next time you think about writing someone a note, you could be saving a job. And he or she could be a TT Patton client, or even your client.
Census 2010. Time To Be Counted!
I can finally answer the first question on the census form. It reads…How many people were living in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010? Not sure why it was written that way if they wanted you to send it in earlier? But I’m still conflicted. If I mail it back, those census workers (over 48,000 I’m told) will not be needed next month. They will be out of a job. If I put it in my mailbox the mail carrier will have something to collect on Saturday and possibly keep their Saturday routes. I really like my mail carrier! Mmmm…..the mail carrier or the census worker….trying to save jobs….trying…one at a time…
Support Your Mail Carrier
Perhaps they should have just given the mail carrier an additional assignment on Saturdays, collect the census forms.