Not Even a Blizzard

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

The main post office in New York City was built in 1912. It opened on September 7, 1914. These words are on the building. What do they mean? They mean that mail carriers will always deliver the mail. Even very bad weather will not stop them.

If you think this isn't true, you should know Mr. Zink. Mr. Zink delivers our mail. He picks up the letters we send, too. Every day, about 10:00 A.M., Mr. Zink arrives at our mailbox. Most of the time he has letters for us. Sometimes he even has packages!

Last week, I met him at the mailbox.

"Good morning, Mr. Zink," I said. "Do you have any mail for us today?"

"Well, just one or two letters," he said. "Maybe there will be more mail tomorrow."

"The weatherman said that it will snow tomorrow," I told him. "Maybe you will not be able to deliver the mail. It might be too cold."

"Do you think it ever gets too cold for me to deliver mail?" Mr. Zink asked. "Why, I have brought the mail when it was so cold that my beard was frozen!"

I laughed. "Mr. Zink, you are fooling me," I said. "You would not bring mail when it was that cold!"

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