Postal worker for 18 years
Do you have a favorite area along your route?
I love delivering on Minnekahda Road because of the views of Chattanooga and the river as you climb in elevation. I even see bald eagles up there occasionally.
Do you have any funny stories from routes over the years?
Once, I was delivering a package to a business, and when I walked in the office, a young woman immediately asked me, “Is that package for me?” I replied, “I don’t know who you are!” She then said, “What’s in the package?” I said, “It’s an Amazon box. What did you order?” Guess the business? CityScope!
What is your favorite thing about this career?
I love that people appreciate getting their mail, and at the end of the day, I know I have provided a service that helps them.
You’re a big part of people’s lives every day, but especially during the holiday season. Aside from the increased workload, is delivering holiday mail special for you in any way?
On those last days before Christmas, you know that every package really counts and that your customers are waiting anxiously for them. To be honest, I really do feel like Santa’s helper at that time of year.
Is there a type of package or letter that puts a smile on your face when you deliver it?
The packages that are decorated by kids and sent to their grandparents always make me happy to deliver. And the letters labeled to grandparents – Pappy, Gramma, Memaw, Poppy – always make me smile, probably because I am a grandfather now.