Dear Postal Person,

Thank you for taking the trouble to push through the snow on my gate and my path to put my parcels in the comfy porch chair. I assume that you’re getting paid during the government shutdown, but I know that your job takes a lot of attention to detail, some risk, and a lot of steps (hopefully to keep you healthy), and I appreciate that. If you put me on the end of your route some summer day, maybe we can sit down on the porch (you get the comfy) chair, and have a beer or a Coke or some tea.