I have to start this off by saying that we don't live in a particularly Jewish area. I mean, there are Jews around here, but it's just not a Jewish-ish town like where we used to live.
Every Purim, we make packages of candy and cookies and send them to friends and family. Some people live in town and we drive around packages for drop off a few days before Purim. But some need to be mailed and we do those in three big batches. I also tend to be a bit scattered and unorganized with this whole undertaking so there have been many times that I have filled and labeled the packages while at the post office. Since I take over a corner of the post office to do this, I explained one year that it was for a holiday called Purim and everyone's eyes sort of glazed over. A few years ago, I started making one extra package for the post office as a thank you for humouring me as I took up all their counter space.
I went to the post office with the first batch this week (and yes, I know it's really early). When I set down my box in front of one of my favourite postmasters, he got this huge grin on his face. "Is it Purim now? Does this mean you're going to be sending cookies and candy again? Do we get a package again this year?"
I really love that our tradition has made post office lore history. That this group of Christian postmasters remember it and look forward to this every year. That we're Jewifying our little town. Who knows--maybe someday soon they'll join me in a rousing version of "Ki Va Moed" as they hand me my mail. The postmaster helped me price out every packaging option and found the best one for us financially and timewise. He even set me up with boxes and labels so I could fill them at home and just drop them off at the post office.
As I was leaving, the postmaster reminded me that he really doesn't like the poppyseed hamantaschen (nor do I, sir, nor do I) but they do enjoy my coffee or tea-infused toffees. Just wanted me to know. And if I was doing those sea-salt caramels again this year, they'd like a few of those.
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