It's been a long time since I have written anything and its been even longer since I posted on this site. I don't know if anyone is still around or if they have moved on or succumb to the virus that is creeping across the world. I don't know if this place still has any activity or not either. However I miss expressing myself and I once had an audience here (small though it may be) so I thought I'd stop by and say hello.
I used to talk about my job from time to time and that is the primary cause for my long absence. I am a postal worker and we, for better or worse have been getting absolutely slammed since November of last year. They call Christmas "peak season" so not surprisingly, we were busy through for the last two months of the year. Then the virus hit and the shipping industry reached it's new peak and a new peak after that. For months, I have been working 60 hour weeks and even thinking about writing was more than my exhausted mind or body could handle.
They call us front line workers in the media. The supervisors and managers called us heroes in their morning talks. However, I still feel like the public forgets what we face. We are not doctors who save the sick and comfort the dying. We are not first responders. We move the mail and that is a boring, mundane, thing but I serve the customers for eight of my ten work hours on most days. I get coughed on, yelled at for wearing a mask by the anti-mask crowed, and judged by the pro mask people when I take it off momentarily to allow myself a breath of fresh air. I don't expect to be treated like a "hero" but I would like people to understand that we are putting ourselves at risk and overworking ourselves to keep an ever more important avenue of commerce open during these difficult times and cut us a little slack. I don't know, maybe our society is too addicted to its own sense of entitlement for most individuals to recognize that others are enduring the same hardships that they are in these trying times.
Anyway, I know that was short and mostly just me bitching about work. I hope all is well with everyone. I wish you all safety and comfort in the coming months. If I had more energy, I'd say more and edit this better. I really want to make more time to write but I don't know if I can follow through with that given the situation as it stands. I haven't abandoned this place and I hope to return but I can't give a solid answer as to when that will be.