Last week I did a letterbox drop inviting people to our church's opening celebration. It was nice to get out and enjoy the evening outdoors in a brief pause of the rain.
We were given instructions not to put notes in the letterboxes that asked for no junk mail. So I became very aware of the number of boxes that did not wish to receive unaddressed mail.
I soon learnt that on steep driveways it was best to first peer up for the little rectangular message so that I did not use my calves in vain. And was most disappointed when I got up there and found that some had been obscured from view (community announcement - please make your letterbox signs clear for the poor people doing the walk around!)
I appreciate now the junk mail we do get, the people who make the effort to walk up and down our very short but steep street to deliver their bits of information. I appreciate them delivering it but still don't read it. Most of it ends up going from the letterbox to the recycling bin outside straight away. It avoids the temptation to find something I need to go and get.
So I had thought I should put my own 'No junk mail' sign up but now I feel for those people who come down out street as if they have come down they must go back up and I don't want them climbing up the hill feeling their trip was in vain. Let them feel that mine was the letterbox that made all the difference, I am the one that will make many purchases from their catalogue. Maybe instead I should have a sign - 'Thank you for the junk mail'.