Viva la postal workers!
My dad just showed me the 1936 film, Night Mail. A british documentary about trains that deliver mail? How did I not know about this? Documentaries, trains, british accents, and paper mail are 4 of my favorite things!
This week I got to visit the Butterfly Conservatory at the Museum of Natural History with my daughter and her classmates for a field trip. The students are studying insects and this exhibit provided an opportunity for them to see living, fluttering, tropical butterflies up close. And guess who we met? The Small Postman butterfly, that’s who!
Small postman butterflies are so beautiful and can be found in Central and South America. Apparently they taste bad. As caterpillars they feast on passion flowers, which fill them with toxic chemicals so predators are not interested. Kind of like that dog repellent that their human namesakes in the USPS carry?
This is not the kind of feel good paper mail news that I usually post but this article about the arrest of a uniformed, mail carrier in Brooklyn by undercover police officers made my blood boil. USPS employee, Glenn Grays, we’re with you here at VSM. And thank you to the citizen videographers of Crown Heights who recorded the exchange on their cell phones.
I found the book, A Letter for Bear, by David Lucas at our local library. The VSM aligned title and the cute illustration style caught my eye. It reminded me of A Letter For Leo, as it is another children’s book about an animal postal worker who diligently delivers the mail yet does not receive mail himself. The two books end differently (sorry for the spoiler!) but clearly Bear and Leo need to find each other in a sequel. They were meant to be best friends and life long correspondents!
Too cute! I mean, snails are cute but a squirrel postman? This Cindy Hendrick card was sent by my sister, who is on her way to visit us for real right now on this snowy February day! I hope you received some valentine paper love by post or by hand and you’re not feeling too beat up by winter.
Among other lovely birthday gifts, I received the children’s book A Letter For Leo from my husband. Yes I am an adult but I love a well illustrated children’s book, especially one that features an animal mailman who longs to receive paper mail! Buy this VSM approved book by Sergio Ruzzier as a holiday gift for someone big or small.
My daughter is loving Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad book series these days, and I so get it. They’re a treat to read!