|Ploning has been waiting and waiting and waiting...|
What has Ploning been waiting ages for?
a. the love of her life who will never return
b. the end of the world
c. politicians' promises to come true
d. mail from the Philippine post office
If you're familiar with the story of Ploning, you know the answer is letter "a". I feel a lot like her except that I've been waiting for the postman instead. There's nothing special about the dude. I just want to get the training DVD package I've been waiting for for two years.
I'm not the only one with postal service issues. One of my friends who applied for the Ateneo graduate school got his letter of acceptance three months too late, while a relative never got jewelry sent by her fiance.
Letters and packages seem to get lost so often in the post office that if Tinkerbell, who collects lost things, were to visit Philippine shores, she'd probably find an abundance of lost mail and packages.
|Tinkerbell in search of lost Philippine packages.|
I suppose it was much worse in the past. Wasn't there an urban legend once (used to scare truant children) of otherworldly creatures that frequent mail rooms? These beings looked a lot like post office employees too except that they had claws to slash through envelopes and hooked noses to sniff for freshly minted dollars. Interestingly, they had an abundant supply of scotch tape for repairing slash marks.
People were once so scared of these creatures that relatives abroad devised greeting cards with secret pockets to cleverly store and prevent the loss of green money. Harry Potter couldn't have devised a better spell for mail protection.
Real or perceived issues with the postal service aren't helping to preserve an institution already threatened by Internet technology. I dare say post office personnel have helped place themselves on the list of endangered species right next to the Philippine Eagle and sea turtles.
Next time someone wants to send me anything I'd be sure to suggest that he send it through special courier.