I remember being able to identify the sound of the mail truck when it would pull up to our mailbox.  Sometimes I would eagerly anticipate the arrival of the mail.  I could predict within about a 30 minute window when our mail would arrive.  I never thought about receiving mail in a mailbox/holder as foreign.  I guess since I grew up with it and in school children are told about it from Kindergarten.

Once we arrived in Cameroon, we were told we would be given a mail slot and when mail came to the SIL box downtown, it would be sorted and placed in our mail slot.  What about bills that are specific to a home?  It’s funny how you get used to your living environment and it didn’t dawn on me until this morning that our water and electric bills are delivered to our physical address, but there isn’t a box/holder/slot to put them in.  We receive them slipped through a crack in our gate or by being placed near the gate.  This morning, we received our water bill.  It was placed under a rock on top of our water meter.

water bill

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2 Responses to Mail

  1. Pop-pop says:

    Oh the things we take for granted. Glad it wasn’t raining when the water bill was delivered.

  2. Barbara says:

    Sounds like a logical location for a water bill. Glad it isn’t the rainy season.

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