You know those bumper stickers that say, "Start seeing motorcycles"? After Jamie began to share her love of mailboxes back in 2008 (seems so long ago now) I started seeing mailboxes too. Quite eye-opening!
Because of Jamie, I spent that summer braking for unique mailboxes and taking photos to send to her (like the other famous bumper sticker, "I brake for garage sales"!).
We should just make a bumper sticker for Jamie:
Start seeing mailboxes!
Aren't they such an important part of living and communicating? If you watch Anne of Avonlea or Lark Rise to Candleford, you realize that the post office was the hub of gossip. Somehow we progressed to having boxes right on our property. More private, but less social.
Just this week, I was thinking about how long it's been since I've seen my next door neighbor. Last night I saw her getting her mail and was refreshed by a few minutes of conversation. In fact, some new housing developments cluster mailboxes specifically to bring neighbors together. Ours are just paired up.
Here are some cute mailboxes from my 2008 files.
This home is near the railroad tracks.
I think these are wraps - not painted on.
This one is painted.
There are a few more in our area I'd like to stop for. They are such landmarks now that we call them out as we pass, "Fish mailbox!"
Seeing these makes me thankful for the freedom we have in America to express ourselves. They also make me feel guilty for not having a more unique mailbox. But we have those association rules. My main concern is having one big enough for packages and boxes that the carrier is too lazy busy to walk to the door. Homeschoolers order books and need big mailboxes!
Here is our mailbox this summer. Kind of bushy and boring in comparison to all the customized boxes in this county.
The morning glories have not yet bloomed.
The daylilies bloomed in July. There are a few stragglers.
Before the daylilies got so big, I planted these little moss roses for some color. Not much color now!
We have a bluebird house here to keep them from nesting in the newspaper box, but something usually gets the eggs. Probably the cats.
I have zinnias and ornamental grass in front of the utility box. The bright colors are cheery to come home to!
Go visit Jamie, join her link-up, and start seeing mailboxes!