The Mailbox Controversy…

I guess  you could say that our mailbox has been embroiled in controversy for the past 38 years or so.  The trouble began when Ed and I moved back home to his family’s farm, and had to put up a mailbox.  Because the place we chose to live was located on the back side of the farm, we had no choice except to put our mailbox on the front of the property, next to a busy highway.

Ed’s daddy insisted that we should put our mailbox at his house, next to his, so we wouldn’t have to “worry about anyone bothering our mail.”  Ha!  That turned out to be such a funny statement.  In the end, having our mailbox at his house turned out to be a problem [for me, anyway] because Ed’s daddy seemed to take great pleasure in snooping through our mailbox each day.  He wasn’t shy about doing it either.  Every day, he’d tell Ed what we had gotten in the mail before Ed ever looked in the box!  We didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so we endured this lack of privacy for many years, much to my dismay.

In the meantime, while our children were growing up, Ed’s dad gave the county piece of land (a “right of way” through his property) so we could have a “county maintained” road leading to our residence, at the back of the farm.  This ensured that the school bus would pick our children up at our door, and it was supposed to ensure that we’d always have a maintained road to travel on.  As they say, “One out of two ain’t bad.”  Every few years, our road would slip into a state of disrepair.  We’d call our county commissioners’ office and complain, to which they’d claim they had no record of the road having been “deeded over.”  Eventually, they’d find the deed and come plow our road…for a while.  Then the same process would start over again.  This process has been going on since the late 80’s!

Eventually, our daughter grew up and moved to her own place on the family farm.  She had to put up her own mailbox next to her residence, and I saw this as a great opportunity to move our mailbox!  I figured we could move our mailbox next to hers, and it would be closer to our house, plus it would be safe from “prying eyes”, so that’s what we did in 1998.  Several years later, in 2008, our oldest son added his own mailbox to our two, and there stood three mailboxes, together, beside what had become a very busy highway.

When we first moved to the farm, the main highway at the front of the property was only a two lane road, with one passing lane.  Then, in the 90’s, the state came in and “four laned” the highway.  The state purchased the front edge of Ed’s parents’ farm, and incorporated it into the highway expansion project.  This project took up most of Ed’s parents’ front yard, and put all of our mailboxes dangerously close to a busy highway, as well.  Over the years, the amount of traffic has continued to increase, and the speeds of those traveling vehicles has increased, as well!

A couple of months ago, I brought up [to Ed] the subject of trying to get our mailboxes moved off of the main highway.  Now that he’s retired, it’s become an inconvenience to have to drive a quarter of a mile to get the mail, each day, plus there’s the safety factor of those speeding cars!  Besides, with the county now owning the road leading to our property, there shouldn’t be any problem with getting the mailman to come to our house.  Right?  Ha!

For the past two months, Ed has been dealing with both the county office and the postal service in trying to get our mailbox moved, and he’s been getting the “proverbial runaround.”  We’re no closer today than we were two months ago, but then, yesterday, something happened…

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It’s hard to tell from the picture, but those scattered remnants are what’s left of our three mailboxes and their posts.  At the top left of the picture, you’ll notice a small black pickup truck on its roof.  The driver of that pickup swerved to miss a deer who was in the middle of the highway, and, in the process, took out all three of our mailboxes!  Imagine what would’ve happened if some of us had been checking our mail when this happened?  As a matter of fact, it hadn’t even been an hour since we’d done just that!

I’m hoping this incident will be just what we need to help us in our quest to get our mailboxes moved off of the busy highway.  In the meantime, I’m wondering where the mailman is going to deliver our mail?

Stay tuned…

By the way, thankfully, the man who was driving the truck wasn’t injured, but, unfortunately, his truck didn’t fair as well.

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  1. So glad that you guys or the driver of that vehicle were hurt. So dangerous! Hope you get the mailbox thing taken care of really soon!!

  2. Wow! That’s some story. I’m surprised you don’t have more problems with a mailbox on a busy highway. Even mailboxes on quiet dead-end roads are at risk. I’ve lost two to over-diligent (or maybe careless) snow plow operators. My current mailbox has been sitting on the wall next to my stairs since February until I get around to getting a new one.

  3. Yeah, that is dangerous!

  4. That is one crazy story. Hopefully you will not get your boxes moved closer to the house!

  5. Oh my goodness!! I hope the accident lights a fire under the Post Office and you can get your new boxes put where it is safer for you all (and the postal carrier!). Keep us posted, please!


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