Another perception by someone young throws me a curve

I've recently posted a couple of times about unexpected perceptions of young people - a young man who didn't know what Thyme was and a New Yorker grad student of my wife's who thought that 9/11 was mainly local news.

I was asked this morning by my daughter's high school-age boyfriend to give him a lift to a facility about twenty-five minutes in the wrong direction from anywhere I ever go to deliver a piece of paper to someone working in county government. I asked if I t was time sensitive - not really. So how about mailing it?

He had no idea where a post office was and thought he'd need to go to one to buy an envelope, buy a stamp, and mail the letter. Try a supermarket or drug store to get an envelope and a stamp and drop it off at the office of where you live - they'll either have daily mail pickup or will know where a nearby mailbox is. Or just hand the envelope to my daughter and we'll mail it from the house.

"You can mail it from the house? I thought those mailboxes were just for incoming mail." Nope. You put the flag up and they pick up the mail.

I'm wondering now how many young people don't get how the post office works. It stands to reason - they're completely unused to using the mail.

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Comment by Arthur James on November 2, 2017 at 9:57am


I use a Post Office

Box. Drunks from

the city hit rural

mailboxes with

baseball bats and

empty beer cans.

They litter and put 

mailboxes empty

beer cans in rural

areas and snoop

mail to steal. Oh,

write snoops love

letters with stolen

pig's pen? okay

`I go to post

office now.

it's safer...

`off line '

i write love letter

to postal mistress.

WE don't have a

Postmaster. She

is a female, not

a male She nice

Post Lady...




Comment by Rodney Roe on November 2, 2017 at 10:19am

I sent my teenage granddaughter a letter with an enclosed self-addressed stampted envelope telling her that I missed hearing from her.  No response, so I called and she said she didn't know what you did swith that.  I thought she was just being a teen, but now I'm not sure.  She is 25 now.  She may still be in the dark.

Comment by marshall bjohnson on November 2, 2017 at 10:26am

social-cultural capital kosh.  we don't realize how few peeps have it. that's why my privilege exercise comment to rodney was meant to awaken...Comment by marshall bjohnson on October 6, 2017 at 1:46pmDelete Comment

So you feel discomfort because you've been called out on your insensitivity? That's privilege. You may intellectually understand it but it is clear you haven't suffered you're whole life due to  racism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, elitism, etc...And only now maybe you are starting to experience alittle ageism.  But try the white privilege exercise  and come back with another post- about how you have so much to learn...

but alas he "took it" already...he is aware of his privilege..but the leap from awareness to change is 


like your young man's ignorance

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 2, 2017 at 10:34am

Email and texting are his go-tos, and he may be of an age (I don't know) that rarely requires him to pay bills by mail and he may pay utilities, etc., online. If he lives w his parents, I can easily imagine he may not have much. So few use US Mail for anything personal: online wedding and b-day cards are just so so so easy. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 2, 2017 at 10:35am

He may also pay routine bills via regular withdrawals from a checking account.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 2, 2017 at 10:42am

mbs    wow   when you have a hammer in your hand the whole world looks like a nail

Comment by marshall bjohnson on November 2, 2017 at 11:00am

no room for apologists wolfman in a world where 65% still want confederate statues to stand

Comment by koshersalaami on November 2, 2017 at 2:59pm

I don’t feel discomfort at all. This post isn’t about insensitivity, it’s about assumptions about exposure. 

Comment by Ron Powell on November 2, 2017 at 3:05pm

It's not just the post office. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on November 2, 2017 at 5:18pm

I sat at a table that rocked the other day and asked the server for a book of matches, not realizing they didn’t exist anymore’( I quit in 1983)and she had never heard of them. I gues that was a case of double lack of exposure.


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