Fortunately for me, given my occupation as a letter carrier, I like most weather, even a lot that other people consider inclement. The exceptions are really hot and humid weather…and cold rain matched with wind. I haven’t carried mail on a day like the one I am facing for a very long time, and my memory is not pleasant.
Fortunately I have much better gear now than I had then. Letter carriers receive a uniform allowance which seems like a lot of money, until you see how expensive the uniforms are. It takes years to be able to afford things like Gortex outer wear. But I have been doing this so long that my rain gear is state of the art. I should be okay. Certainly in better shape than my fellow letter carriers on the Atlantic coast.
This cold front, as you know, is on a collision course with the thousand-mile-wide megastorm that is bearing down on the East Coast. They are speaking of a eight foot storm surge in New York City, three feet of snow in the mountains, havoc everywhere from the coast to the Great Lakes. Reporters are sounding apocalyptic, and while we may hope that this is just another overreaction, it is very possible that we are in for an unprecedented disaster.
It is hard not to see this storm as allegorical, coming as it does so close to what has turned out to be a very close election. This may be Obama’s Katrina, and how he leads, or fails to lead, may well determine who is to be president.
I’m sure I am not alone in praying for mercy on our nation.
No, we do not deserve it.
But that is the nature of mercy.
Lord Have Mercy. Kyrie Eleison. Hospodi Pomilui.